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Jacob deGrom is on his way to free agency after this Mets season

PORT ST. LUCIE – Jacob deGrom is ready to practice – both his right arm and the opt-out in his contract.

The Mets ace declared himself healthy Monday with various elbow ailments, including a minor ulnar collateral ligament tear that sidelined him in the second half of last year, and said he plans to become a free agent after this season.

DeGrom signed a five-year extension worth $137.5 million in March 2019, which includes an opt-out after this season. On Sunday team owner Steve Cohen stated that there were no plans negotiate with deGrom before exercising this opt-out.

“As a player, you build in opt-outs and that’s the business side of things, but I don’t want that to be a distraction,” deGrom said. “I’m excited about that and I’ve said it before, I love being a Met. I think it would be really cool to be one my entire career, but the plan is to exercise my option and be in constant touch with the Mets and Steve Cohen and the front office during the offseason.”

Jacob deGrom at Mets spring training on March 14, 2022
Jacob deGrom at Mets spring training on March 14, 2022
Tom DiPace
Jacob deGrom at Mets spring training on March 14, 2022
Jacob deGrom at Mets spring training on March 14, 2022
Tom DiPace

Max Scherzer has been signed to a three-year, $140 million deal this offseason, but if there was any question about who will start on opening day, manager Buck Showalter replied that he plans to honor DeGrom. It will be the fourth straight opening day for deGrom, a two-time Cy Young Award winner.

DeGrom hosted a bullpen session alongside Scherzer on Monday and said his health was not an issue.

“The way I’m feeling right now, I’m very confident,” deGrom said. “I think after the inflammation material in my arm came out last year when I looked at it again and was told the UCL looked perfectly fine that was somewhat reassuring.

Jacob deGrom at Mets spring training on March 14, 2022
Jacob deGrom at Mets spring training on March 14, 2022
Tom DiPace

“I’ve been feeling really good this off-season and I threw five or six bullpens before I came here and it felt really good and today was another good step in the right direction.”

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