MLB: The Texas Rangers sign Jacob deGrom to a five-year deal worth a reported $185 million

The Texas Rangers beat out the New York Yankees, Mets and Atlanta Braves to sign Jacob deGrom when they agreed to a five-year deal worth a reported $185 million after the free agent passed his physical

Jacob deGrom has joined the Texas Rangers on a five-year deal, the AL West team announced Friday night.

The contract through the 2027 season for the right-handed pitcher, who was in free agency, is worth $185 million, according to ESPN.

The report claims the deal could be extended for a sixth year and includes a full no-trade clause, in what was a surprise acquisition. Mets rival New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves and Mets were all linked to deGrom this offseason.

Jacob deGrom has joined the Texas Rangers on a five-year deal after being in free agency

“We are thrilled that Jacob deGrom has decided to become a Texas Ranger,” Rangers Executive Vice President and General Manager Chris Young said in the press release.

“Over a number of seasons, Jacob has been an outstanding Major League pitcher and he provides us with a dominant player at the top of our rotation.

“One of our primary goals this off-season is to strengthen our starting pitching, and we’re adding one of the best.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner is leaving the New York Mets after nine seasons

The two-time Cy Young Award winner is leaving the New York Mets after nine seasons

“I also want to recognize our ownership group, led by Ray Davis, for continuing to provide the resources to build a winning culture here in Arlington.

‘On behalf of the entire organization, I welcome Jacob, his wife Stacey and the entire deGrom family to the Rangers.’

The two-time Cy Young Award winner is leaving the New York Mets after nine seasons – the last two cut short by injuries.

When healthy, however, he has been invaluable to the Mets, finishing last season with a 5-4 record with a 3.08 ERA, 0.74 WHIP and 102 strikeouts in 62.1 innings.

He helped the Mets reach the playoffs, then opted out of his contract to become a free agent.

In 2021, his stats were even better. His record was 7-2, with a 1.08 ERA, 0.55 WHIP, 146 strikeouts in 92 innings. However, injuries to his shoulder limited the number of appearances he could make, once again.

Texas announced the signing Friday night after the 34-year-old deGrom passed his physical exam.

Mets owner Steve Cohen sent his best wishes to deGrom, saying ‘I wish him the best of luck. He has the right to choose his team. Now this team has to move on to the next thing.’

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