The Nationals could be dealing with star Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom for a long time if the right-hander has his way.
The 2014 NL Rookie of the Year told the New York Post this week he is open to a long-term contract extension to stay in New York.
“I’m a little bit older, so I might be more willing to do something like that,’’ deGrom said. “You just have to look at what is fair so both sides get a decent deal. It’s something I’d have to look into and make sure I agree with it.’’
deGrom, 27, followed up his strong rookie campaign with a very good 2015 season. He went 14-8 with a 2.54 ERA in 30 starts and continued to pitch well in the playoffs. The Mets made it all the way to the World Series with deGrom holding a 2.88 ERA in four postseason starts.
He has emerged as one of the best pitchers in baseball and has formed quite the trio with Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard. The Mets have deGrom under contract through the 2020 season, but it sounds like he would prefer a new deal long before that time comes.