Despite a stress reaction in his shoulder that will sideline him at least four weeks, New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom still intends to opt out of his contract following the 2022 season, he told reporters this weekend. DeGrom can walk away from the final year and $30.5 million remaining on his deal. His contract also includes a $32.5 million club option for 2024.
"Once this gets behind me, I should be good to go. Body-wise, I felt great, and then this popped up. Once we get this behind us, I'll be good to go," deGrom told MLB.com's Anthony DiComo on Saturday. "... I felt like I put myself in a good position strength-wise this offseason. I think what's the most frustrating part is how good I felt throwing this spring, and then for this to pop up out of nowhere."
Prior to the injury deGrom made two spring starts and was electric, striking out 10 in five innings and showing his usual velocity. He reported tightness in his shoulder after long-tossing last Thursday, and an MRI revealed the stress reaction last Friday. DeGrom will be reevaluated in four weeks, then he'll need time to build back up into game-readiness.