It is well known that the Texas Rangers are among a handful of teams that could potentially land free agent starting pitcher Jacob deGrom this offseason. Could a potential move to Texas for the 2023 campaign not only be good for the 34-year-old right-hander professionally, but personally as well?
Rumors: Could location be a benefit for the Texas Rangers in the pursuit of Jacob deGrom?
According to an article from Mike Puma of The New York Post, deGrom has told those in his inner circle that he would like to move to wherever he calls home with his next team. Puma goes on to say that deGrom is “someone who enjoys the outdoors” and the New York Mets (and potentially New York Yankees, according to Puma) are hoping that Westchester County (an area just north of New York City) might give deGrom the option of “plenty of space in a rustic setting.”
There is a comfort level for deGrom in the New York area as his entire nine-year MLB career has been spent in a Mets uniform. That’s one of the reasons why the Mets certainly rank as one of the most logical landing points for him still.
However, if deGrom is looking for the chance to explore the outdoors, the Rangers would have to feel good about being able to check that box for the two-time Cy Young Award winner with all of year-round outdoor opportunities around the Metroplex and in the Lone Star State.
In the past, deGrom has talked about his love for fishing, and Texas was ranked ahead of New York (fifth versus eighth) in terms of fishing opportunities in a recent article.
Texas is also a state that doesn’t require its residents to pay income taxes, meaning deGrom could not only have plenty of land to roam, but also be able to potentially save money while doing it as well.
Certainly there is a lot that goes into play when it comes to where one of the biggest names on the free agent market will call home next season. However, deGrom and the Rangers may be a good fit on a number of levels, including on the personal side during the season and offseason as well.