Jacob deGrom open to long-term extension with Mets

Jacob deGrom appears the logical starting pitcher for the New York Mets to sign to a long-term deal. And apparently deGrom believes that as well.

"I'm a little bit older, so I might be more willing to do something like that," deGrom, 27, told the New York Post. "You just have to look at what is fair so both sides get a decent deal. It's something I'd have to look into and make sure I agree with it. ...I haven’t thought that much about it and I have to talk to my agents and stuff and look at the numbers and decide what was favorable."

General manager Sandy Alderson implied last week that no extension talks were currently taking place with any young Mets players. Still, deGrom makes the most sense among the starting pitchers. Matt Harvey appears unlikely to sign a long-term deal before reaching free agency after the 2018 season, since he seems most interested in maximizing dollars rather than security. And Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard are under the Mets' control for six more years before reaching free agency, so there's really no incentive to do something now. Syndergaard should be a Super Two, so his salary first starts escalating through arbitration for the 2018 season.

DeGrom has one year, 139 days of service time. So he is under the Mets' control for five seasons, through 2020. A deal covering at least six years would make sense, since it would buy at least one year of deGrom's free agency while giving him a nice security blanket should an injury occur or his career otherwise gets sidetracked.

Other players who could make sense for extensions during spring training include Jeurys Familia and Travis d'Arnaud. The Mets in recent years have worked out extensions with Juan Lagares and Jonathon Niese. Mets officials also discussed a long-term deal with Lucas Duda's representatives last spring training, but were unable to come to an agreement.