MLB Rumors: Unexpected Contender Interested In Jacob deGrom

The New York Mets will be facing some competition if they want to keep generational pitcher Jacob deGrom in the Orange and Blue. According to Mets Insider Andy Martino, "the New York Yankees have requested medical information on Jacob deGrom." 
It was only last week that MLB revealed it was investigating the Yankees and Mets for improper communication due to an earlier report that the teams had a deal to not go after each other's free agents. Perhaps this news is just an attempt by the Bronx Bombers to circumvent the investigation. 

Martino felt compelled to add the addendum that "this does not mean that the Yankees have decided to pursue deGrom. Teams request medicals on free agents all the time before determining whether to mount a full-scale pursuit."

The Yankees could lose starter Jameson Taillon to free agency, but landing deGrom would certainly more than make up for that. 

As for the Mets, they have met with another top-flight starter in free agency, Justin Verlander, likely in case they aren't able to sign deGrom.

The New York Post, however, has already reported that the Mets are confident that deGrom would stay in Queens "provided there isn’t a significant discrepancy in offers."

It's very likely that deGrom will want a contract equal to or better than his teammate Max Scherzer signed last year with the Mets, 3 years, $130M, for a major league record AAV of $43M. The two-time Cy Young winner deGrom is three years younger than Scherzer was when he signed his deal.

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