For his next feat, Jacob deGrom will have to pick a new agent.
DeGrom said he hasn’t decided on an agent or agency since his previous representative, former CAA Baseball co-head Brodie Van Wagenen, was hired as the Mets’ general manager last month.
“I’m still working on that,” said deGrom, who was named the NL Cy Young Award winner Wednesday night. “It’s just trying to figure everything out. Today the main focus was on this award, and I’m just very excited with how that went.”
Agentless for now, it seems, deGrom, 30, said he remains open to a long-term contract extension with the Mets, a sentiment the club shares. He is under team control via arbitration through the 2020 season.
Talks have not begun yet, deGrom said. Last week, Van Wagenen said the same, “outside of just an expression of interest.”
“I’ve really enjoyed my time with the Mets,” deGrom said. “They’ve been nothing but good to me. The fans have been great to me. It’s pretty much open communication. Continue to keep it that way and continue to have a good relationship with them, either way that this thing goes.”
As for his agent becoming his boss, deGrom said his “great relationship” with Van Wagenen is “kind of the same as it has been.”
As part of taking a job with a team, Van Wagenen had to divest completely from CAA, though that doesn’t erase his close relationships with those who were previously his clients.
“I don’t view it as a negative at all,” deGrom said. “Having worked with him before and seeing the work he put in for me, it’s going to be fun to see the work that he puts in for this team.
“Now we both have the same goal, and that’s winning a World Series with the New York Mets.”