It appears the New York Mets really did make the right decision when it got here to not paying Jacob deGrom this previous winter.
The Texas Rangers announced on Tuesday that deGrom will bear one other Tommy John surgical procedure to restore a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and goes to overlook the rest of the 2023 season. DeGrom beforehand had Tommy John surgical procedure in 2010 when he was nonetheless a prospect developing by means of the Mets system.
He has not pitched since April 28.
Tuesday’s information is a crushing improvement for the Rangers, who had large expectations for him this season after signing him to a five-year, $185 million deal in free company.
Accidents have fully sidetracked deGrom’s profession over the previous 4 years, limiting him to only 44 begins because the begin of the 2020 season.
The Rangers weren’t deterred by that and nonetheless went full-steam forward on signing deGrom. Early on it regarded like they have been going to get a promising return on that funding because the 35-year-old righty was 2-0 in his first six begins with a 2.67 ERA.
When deGrom has been wholesome, he has been top-of-the-line right-handed beginning pitchers of his period and a relentless Cy Younger contender, successful the award in back-to-back years in 2018 and 2019.
After permitting deGrom to stroll in free company, the Mets signed veteran Justin Verlander to a two-year, $86 million deal.
Regardless that Verlander has struggled at occasions within the early going with the Mets (whereas additionally coping with his personal harm points this season), the shorter time period on his contract, in addition to the very fact he’s nonetheless pitching this season, is proving to be a significantly better funding for the Mets.
The Rangers have top-of-the-line data within the American League at 39-20 coming into play on Tuesday, and have nonetheless managed to go 24-9 since deGrom final pitched. So they’re used to enjoying — and successful — with out him.
Nonetheless, his absence does depart an enormous gap of their rotation and takes away what they have been hoping to be a serious a part of their 2023 roster. Given how good they’ve been, there is perhaps some added stress to make a serious transfer so as to add extra pitching depth earlier than the commerce deadline.
It additionally creates some long-term points and issues for the Rangers given deGrom’s age (he shall be 36 the following time he is ready to pitch in a serious league recreation) and his current harm historical past. It actually creates the potential for this deal to be very regrettable for the Rangers.