6:00 PM ET
ARLINGTON, Va. — All it took were some beef-and-cheese taquitos and 10-for-$2 mini-tacos from 7-Eleven to seal National League Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom‘s $137.5 million deal with the New York Mets.
OK, well, not quite.
“I only had a couple bites,” deGrom said with a smile Wednesday at a hotel outside Washington, where he discussed his new five-year contract on the eve of the Mets’ season opener against Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals.
After weeks of back-and-forth dating to before spring training, it wasn’t until Monday that deGrom and the Mets were able to work out terms, including a guaranteed $52.5 million deferred into the 2030s. There is a team option for 2024 that, if exercised, would raise the total to $170 million over six years, including $67.5 million deferred.
Touted Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso will be on the team’s Opening Day roster, GM Brodie Van Wagenen confirmed Wednesday.
It was an unusual negotiation from the get-go, given that Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen used to be deGrom’s agent.
“I know a lot of people were worried about Brodie — which side he would