Speaking Monday at the San Diego Winter Meetings, Bochi said one of the biggest takeaways he took from his conversation with deGrom was “how committed he is to playing for the winner.”
“I think he liked the fact that we’re in the process of creating a winning culture in Texas,” Bochi said of deGrom. “A very humble person that he just wants to represent. And a guy who also wants to be a good teammate, who was happy to hear what we had to offer.”
He added that deGrom and his wife, Stacey, showed “a huge interest in what we have and the possibilities of what could happen with Texas baseball.”
Boci said he had a good Zoom meeting with deGrom before Thanksgiving and was confident in their chances of signing him, but in any free agent situation, you never know where a player might sign.
“[Rangers GM Chris Young] called me and said, “You know, Jacob is very interested in coming here.” And you’re excited about it, but you still don’t know where it’s going to go,” Bochi said. “And the next day he called me and started talking, and then, finally, he said:“ We caught him. We have Jacob.
“At this point, euphoria sets in. I couldn’t be more excited, more excited that we were able to bring him here.”
Boci, who called deGrom “one of the best pitchers in the game,” added that adding him at the head of their team filled a big need and would make the Rangers “much better.”