Speaking along with Buck Showalter on Friday at Citi Field at the Mets' end-of-season news conference, GM Billy Eppler touched on a host of topics, including the future of Jacob deGrom.
DeGrom plans to opt out of the final two years of his contract and test the free agent market.
He said during spring training that he would opt out with the plan being to stay in constant contact with the Mets with the hope of returning, but was more evasive toward the end of the season when asked what his future could hold.
Eppler said on Friday that he had ongoing dialogue with deGrom throughout the season, and had a long one-on-one conversation with him last Sunday after the Mets' season ended in the Wild Card Series.
"I wouldn't go too far down the tracks on what I'd talk about there, but I did have some time one-on-one with Jake Sunday night late that might have even been Monday morning by then, technically," Eppler explained. "But, yeah, we talked one-on-one. He knows how we feel. I know how he feels. It was a good conversation.
"We had a good amount of dialogue, he and I, over the course of this season. And I think we have a sense of what makes maybe the other one tick. I think things are positive and the relationship is positive, and we'll see where it ultimately goes. But he knows how we feel."
Mets owner Steve Cohen said in late-August that the Mets would do whatever they could to bring deGrom back.