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BREAKING: Jacob deGrom signs with the Texas Rangers

Written by Tony Ghaul

Two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom has signed a five-year, $185 million contract with the Texas Rangers, sources tell ESPN. Physical is passed. Deal is done. Includes conditional sixth-year option that would take total deal to $222 million. Full no-trade clause.

deGrom has spent all nine seasons of his major league career with the New York Mets, opted out of the final two years of his contract despite throwing just 64⅓ innings in 2022. He missed the first four months of the season with a stress reaction in his shoulder, and injuries had limited him to 224⅓ innings over the past three seasons.

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom delivers against the San Diego Padres during the first inning of Game 2 of a National League wild-card series Oct. 8, 2022, in New York. Photo courtsey of AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

The signing comes barely a year after the Rangers lavished shortstop Corey Seager with a 10-year, $325 million deal and signed second baseman Marcus Semien for seven years and $175 million. Along with Jon Gray’s four-year, $56 million deal, the Rangers spent the most money in the 2021-22 offseason.

deGrom finished the 2022 season with a 5-4 record and 3.08 ERA in 11 starts, though his peripherals better illustrated his dominance: 102 strikeouts against just eight walks, with nine home runs allowed.

deGrom joins a rotation featuring Jon Gray, Martin Perez, and Jake Odorizzi.

Rangers signed Jacob deGrom to a 5-year contract. Photo courtsey of Texas Rangers – Twitter

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