Jacob deGrom explains Mets departure, why ‘part of’ him ‘thought’ he would return
Former-Metz ace Jacob de Grom says “part” of him “thought” he was going back to New York for the 2023 season and beyond, and that he never intended to sign with a new MLB team or the Texas Rangers. DeGrom explained in a Sunday interview with John Heyman of the New York Post..
“It’s never been like I’m leaving here” deGrom said. “You look at places where you can see yourself playing. All I knew was New York and part of me thought I would be back.”
DeGrom added that, as Heyman put it, he “doesn’t get annoyed by his slightly non-marketable contract.”
“It kind of worked out. (But) I really enjoyed my time in New York.” deGrom said. “I have friends who will be friends for life in New York. We still keep in touch with many people. That’s all I’ve known in 13 years, including eight seasons in the big leagues. The fans and everyone else has always treated me well.” I was never 100 percent sure that I would leave here.”
34 year old man signed five-year, $185 million contract with the Rangers on December 2.
“This is freedom of action” deGrom said. “You sit down and say that I could see myself here, I could see myself there. Texas showed a lot of interest. Things went very, very quickly. And I said I’d be a Texas Ranger.”