The White Sox should be all in on Jacob deGrom after 2022
The Chicago White Sox is loaded with pitching. They are still looking for more and always will be. That is the nature of the sport as all 30 teams should be looking for as much as possible. That is especially true if a pitcher like Jacob deGrom becomes available.
deGrom, for the better part of the last half-decade, has been the best pitcher in all of baseball. He is right there with Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw for the best pitchers of their era. His dominance has been well documented and he will walk into the Hall of Fame with ease.
He is a guy who has two Cy Young Awards, an additional four top-ten finishes for it, four All-Star appearances, an ERA title, and a Rookie of the Year Award. All he needs now is a little bit of team success which the Mets have hardly given him over his career.
New York looks like they might be headed in the right direction with Steve Cohen as their new owner but it might be too little too late for deGrom at this point in his career. He announced on Monday that he plans to opt-out of his current deal with the Mets after the 2022 season.
The New York Mets losing Jacob deGrom would be insane for the MLB landscape.
That is a complete disaster for the Mets to hear but it is the most newsworthy story in baseball since the lockout ended. Whenever one of the best pitchers in the world changes teams, it is going to change the dynamic of the league for a lot of people.
Chicago needs to be all in on him if this becomes a reality. They could be a deGrom away from winning the World Series. In fact, they could win it with this current group but they should still be swinging for the fences.
There are going to be a lot of teams looking to spend a lot of money on him as they should and the White Sox should be right in the middle of it. There is a risk with his recent injury but he has mostly been healthy for a few years now.
If deGrom headlined a rotation with him, Lucas Giolito, Lance Lynn, Dylan Cease, and Michael Kopech, it would be the best rotation that the team ever had. It isn’t something that is necessarily likely but it needs to be explored if he becomes available. If you’re Rick Hahn, leave no stone unturned.