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Jacob deGrom wants to be paid what he’s worth

HOUSTON — During the Mets’ final journey to Philadelphia, in August, two former teammates caught up for a prolonged pregame chat within the outfield.

Zack Wheeler departed that dialog satisfied that if Jacob deGrom leaves the Mets this offseason it gained’t be as a result of he dislikes the group or taking part in in New York.

“He told me he is happy there,” Wheeler instructed The Post on Thursday following a Phillies exercise in preparation for Game 1 of the World Series on Friday night time at Minute Maid Park. “I just think he wants to get compensated for what he’s done.”

DeGrom has stated he plans to decide out from his contract after the World Series and develop into a free agent. Under the phrases of the five-year, $137.5 million contract he signed in March 2019, the ace right-hander can gather $30.5 million subsequent season if he doesn’t decide out. The Mets maintain an choice for 2024 worth $32.5 million.

Last winter, Max Scherzer raised the bar for beginning pitching wage by receiving a three-year deal from the Mets that averages $43.3 million yearly.

Zack Wheeler and Jacob deGrom
Zack Wheeler and Jacob deGrom
AP; N.Y. Post: Charles Wenzelberg

Wheeler, who left the Mets via free company following the 2019 season, stated it’s fully comprehensible deGrom would need to decide out from his contract.

“I don’t think it was the right compensation at the time,” Wheeler stated. “I can’t speak for him, it’s a lot of money and it’s life-changing money and I think anybody would have taken that at the time. But at the same time people have seen what he’s done and maybe you can correct it along the way, and this is his chance to correct it.”

Wheeler, who’s scheduled to begin Game 2 of the World Series on Saturday towards the Astros, was requested if the Mets’ rotation might survive deGrom’s attainable departure.

“It leaves a big hole, but [owner] Steve Cohen obviously is willing to spend so who knows what kind of replacement he could get in there, via trade or free-agent signing,” Wheeler stated. “But I think it would leave a big hole for sure. [DeGrom] has been there forever. It would leave a hole in the clubhouse and definitely on the mound.”

Noah Syndergaard, who was acquired by the Phillies from the Angels on the commerce deadline, in contrast the opportunity of deGrom leaving the Mets to Freddie Freeman departing the Braves final offseason.

But Syndergaard added he would be shocked if deGrom left the Mets.

“With Steve Cohen anything is possible, especially when you have a pitcher like deGrom — he’s got the potential and stuff to be the best pitcher ever to walk this earth,” Syndergaard stated. “I just hope that he stays healthy.”

Despite the actual fact the Mets and Phillies are NL East rivals, Wheeler stated he wants deGrom to stick with the Mets.

“I enjoy facing him,” Wheeler stated.

Wheeler left the Mets for a five-year deal worth $118 million and has since emerged as an ace. The Phillies right-hander went 12-7 with a 2.82 ERA with 163 strikeouts in 153 innings. This postseason, he has began 4 video games and pitched to a 1.78 ERA.

Wheeler stated returning to Citi Field to face the Mets remains to be a thrill, albeit one which has dampened after three seasons.

“But you still want to do well,” he stated. “You still want to pitch well there and kind of show them what they missed out on, just personally, but the height of it I guess has kind of passed.”

Wheeler’s departure occurred a year earlier than Cohen purchased the Mets. But Wheeler isn’t about to guess whether or not he nonetheless would be pitching in Queens if Cohen had purchased the staff sooner.

“We’ll never know,” Wheeler stated. “A lot of people could say it would have ended differently, but who knows?”

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