Jacob deGrom has been dominating batters for years but now he has the chance to test free agency. deGrom has been a member of the New York Mets since he came up in the big leagues and has captivated the city of New York with his pitching magic. When healthy, he is the best pitcher on the planet but the issue is that he hasn’t been able to stay on the field consistently.
He is in line for a major payday and rightfully so. But whatever team that signs him is going to need to weight how much is he worth with his injury concerns. He can go anywhere and make them instantly better but here are three landing spots for him that seem to be the best fit:
3. Atlanta Braves
Met fans won’t like this but it’s the truth. Atlanta gives deGrom the best of the both worlds. He gets paid and he can play for a contender that isn’t too far from where he grew up. The Braves could use a player like deGrom to completely upgrade their rotation. If Atlanta is serious about winning the World Series again in the next year or two, deGrom makes a ton of sense for them. Also how satisfying would it be for the Braves to take deGrom away from New York and not have to face him anymore?
2. San Francisco Giants
The Giants have been one of the more active teams in the free agency rumors. They want to get back to the playoffs and back to winning championships. The ownership in the Bay Area seems ready to spend and why not spend their money on deGrom. He would solidify himself as the true number one in their starting staff. The two-time CY Young award winner would instantly booster that rotation. The Giants may be losing Carlos Rondon this offseason so replacing him with deGrom could be a nice way to start free agency.
1. New York Mets
I know that this seems too easy but it’s still the best fit for deGrom. He has built up an incredible legacy in New York and both he and the fans deserve to see that through. He and Max Scherzer combine to make one hell of a pitching duo. Even if things didn’t work out last season for them in the postseason, the Mets will likely still be very good next year. deGrom would help make sure of that and then some. Going back to the orange and blue seems like the best choice for him.