Over at the New York Post, MLB insider Jon Heyman has an article ranking the top 30 free agents, with a little snippet about each player along with rumored interested teams and an “outside expert’s” contract prediction. In some cases, “little” and “snippet” might both be overstatements, like in the case of Carlos Rodon, whose entire snippet is, “Big year by the Bay.”
But we’re not here to talk about Carlos Rodon — although we definitely will talk about Rodon soon, because he should absolutely be a Dodger — the topic of this article is a young man by the name of Jacob deGrom.
Zack Wheeler told The Post’s Mike Puma deGrom likes being a Met. Teams: Rangers, Mets, Dodgers. Expert: $125M, 3 years.
The Mets obviously make sense for deGrom even without the keen insight that he likes playing for them. They’re the team that drafted him in 2010 and the only franchise he’s ever played for. They also have an owner who is committed to winning and spending a lot of money to do so.
Along those same lines, the other two teams on the list are the Rangers and Dodgers. Texas took the world by storm last offseason, spending hundreds of millions of dollars on huge free agents, only to have a lousy season and fire their manager and president of baseball operations. Texas scored the fifth-most runs in the American League, but they also allowed the fourth-most, so it makes sense that pitching would be a priority for them this offseason.
The Dodgers didn’t have any glaring weaknesses in 2022 (I know, I know, until the postseason), but three of their starting pitchers are heading into free agency, so a look at deGrom makes sense. What might make the most sense is the short-term, high-dollar contract Heyman’s expert predicts, because that’s the kind of contract Los Angeles is probably looking to hand out.
If deGrom can get past his love of the Mets, he might just join Randy Newman in learning to love L.A.
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