The Jacob deGrom era in Queens is officially over after news broke on Friday that the former is signing a lucrative five-year, $185 million deal with the Texas Rangers. The New York Mets were hoping to hold on to their former ace, but after he opted out of his remaining two years left on his deal, he chose to head to Texas to be on a team that is looking to make it back to the postseason for the first time since 2016. With deGrom now gone and with so many holes this team still has and now particularly with starting pitching, where do the New York Mets go from here?
Carlos Rodón and Justin Verlander on the Mets Radar:
Now with deGrom gone, Carlos Rodon and Justin Verlander are reportedly now on the Mets radar, and it makes sense, even for signing Verlander. Verlander, who’s coming off a Cy Young campaign, winning 18 games, would be a good fit for the Mets. While they’re looking to get younger, matching Verlander with his former teammate Max Scherzer will be a tough one-two punch for teams to face in any series. It could be a safe two-year deal as well, and it won’t be too risky for the Mets to make. Carlos Rodón could also be a good fit for Queens. Rodón is coming off a very strong year for the San Francisco Giants, going 14-8 with an ERA at 2.88. He has been injury prone the last couple of seasons, but with the Mets pitching rotation getting a lot thinner, these are moves the Mets really need to consider making. Adding a starter like Rodón, who not too long ago pitched a no-hitter for the Chicago White Sox, could be a move the Mets can make to get them back to being a top-tier pitching team in baseball.
Bringing back Taijuan Walker and Chris Bassitt:
Both Chris Bassitt and Taijuan Walker had very good seasons for the Mets. To start with Bassitt, the former Oakland Athletic went 15-9 last season with an ERA of 3.42. With deGrom gone, the Mets would be fools to let him walk. He can turn into the ace of the team, and when deGrom and Scherzer were both on the IL last season, he really stepped up. Locking Bassitt up to a multi-year deal would be ideal. Taijuan Walker had a great second year in Queens for the Mets. Walker stepped up when it mattered the most and recorded over 12 wins last season, while also stepping up when the rotation was dealing with injuries. Though Walker is probably not the Mets’ top priority, the Mets I think would be making a mistake not to bring him back. They do have starters David Peterson and Tylor Megill on their team, but in my opinion, they have not proved they can be the future yet of their rotation.
Re-sign Brandon Nimmo:
This is a guy the Mets have to resign. Their 2011 first round pick finally proved he can a, stay healthy and b, be a productive hitter and play excellent defense. Nimmo hit 16 home runs last season, and his on base percentage was well over .360. Nimmo deserves a deal of over $100 million dollars and many years too. Besides adding depth to their starting pitching, the Mets need to focus on making sure their lineup from a year ago remains the same after being a top team in the National League offensively last season.