Rangers emerge as potential suitor for Jacob deGrom

By , Audacy Sports

The Texas Rangers have emerged as a potential suitor for Jacob deGrom, who has consistently said that he plans to decline his $30.5 million player option for 2023 in search of a new deal.

Jon Heyman of The New York Post wrote Friday that "the Rangers are intent on adding a big-time starter, and word is they may go for deGrom."

Texas hasn't posted a winning record since 2016, and despite signing Corey Seager, Marcus Semien and Jon Gray in the offseason, that streak isn't going to be snapped in 2022. As the regular season winds down, the Rangers are 65-84, having dismissed both manager Chris Woodward and president of baseball operations Jon Daniels during the season.

Given his health history -- and the fact that he may seek to top the $43.3 million average annual value his teammate Max Scherzer got last offseason -- deGrom won't be an investment for the risk averse.

But when healthy, deGrom is one of the most dominant pitchers that the sport has ever seen. Since the start of the 2021 season, deGrom has made just 24 starts. But over that stretch, the two-time National League Cy Young Award winner is 12-4 with a 1.54 ERA and 1.28 FIP. It's staggering production, even when compared to some of the greatest arms in the sport today.

At 95-56, the Mets are having one of the most magical seasons in franchise history. But this winter, owner Steve Cohen may have to face the reality of trying to retain deGrom, Edwin Díaz, Brandon Nimmo, Taijuan Walker, Chris Bassitt, Adam Ottavino, Carlos Carrasco and Seth Lugo.

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