It appears that Jacob deGrom's arrival in Texas has unleashed a beast in Mets owner Steve Cohen.
After the 34-year-old ace pitcher signed with the Texas Rangers in early December for five years and $185 million with a sixth-year option, the Mets acted swiftly to replace him, handing out large sums of money to Justin Verlander, Kodai Senga, Jose Quintana, David Robertson, Brandon Nimmo and Omar Narvaez, while also retaining star closer Edwin Diaz.
But if that wasn't enough rage spending from the multi-billionaire Cohen (it wasn't), he swooped in on the Carlos Correa sweepstakes after Correa failed his physical on his way to joining the San Francisco Giants, inking the superstar shortstop to a 12-year, $315 million contract to pair him with Francisco Lindor. And you can thank the Texas Rangers for all of this!
Texas Rangers signing Jacob deGrom having ripple effect on MLB free agency, especially with Steve Cohen and the Mets
Seriously, If deGrom hadn't left for the Texas Rangers, who knows whether Steve Cohen would've gone to new heights in racking up a record payroll and luxury tax bill for 2023? But that's neither here nor there, since Jacob deGrom is indeed a Texas Ranger. And fans should be thrilled to have their new ace in tow.
It's incredible to think about how much praise the Mets have gotten for lighting the MLB free agency world on fire with all of their recent signings, while deGrom signing with the Texas Rangers has been mocked and ridiculed by various media outlets, especially since the Rangers have been a significant contributor to the recent uptick in player spending in recent years. This, of course, is thanks to the Corey Seager, Marcus Semien signings, and now deGrom as well. So Texas, too, should be praised for attempting to field a competitive team in 2023.
The truth is that the Texas Rangers may never get the national respect they deserve for helping to spur major player movement in baseball over the last two winters as Chris Young and company have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into their roster. But hey, at least they'll get a few Sunday Night Baseball games in 2023, right? And with a shiny new ace in Jacob deGrom, things are looking brighter than they have in a while for this team.