Logically, it would make sense for the New York Mets to bring Jacob deGrom back to Queens for the next few years.
But there are questions as to whether or not that will happen. The Rangers are expected to be in hot pursuit of deGrom as they look to end their own extended rebuilding process. It is also possible that he looks to receive a contract similar to what Max Scherzer received. As deGrom has just 38 appearances since the end of 2019, the Mets may not want to spend over $40 million per year to bring him back.
Instead, that money could be spread around a bit more while bringing in another top of the rotation arm. Carlos Rodon has emerged as an ace over the past two seasons, finally living up his potential as he has entered his prime.
While it was fair to wonder if his stellar 2021 campaign was an aberration, he followed it up with a strong showing last year. Rodon posted a 2.88 ERA and a 1.028 WHiP over his 178 innings, striking out 237 batters with 52 walks. If Rodon can replicate that type of production, he would be the perfect piece to slot behind Scherzer as the Mets look to keep a pair of aces atop the rotation.
Even the New York Mets may balk at Jacob deGrom’s salary. Instead, they should take a look at Carlos Rodon as a replacement.