SAN DIEGO — Jacob deGrom’s contract extension is increasingly looking like the steal of the century for the Mets.
A day after Gerrit Cole agreed to terms with the Yankees on a nine-year deal worth a record $324 million for a pitcher, Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen was asked Wednesday at the winter meetings if he was thankful to already have deGrom locked up.
DeGrom, who last month won his second straight National League Cy Young Award, received a five-year extension in March worth $137.5 million. The 31-year-old deGrom otherwise would have been eligible for free agency following the 2020 season.
“We were thankful to have deGrom be at the front of our rotation for years to come,” Van Wagenen said. “That is what we were most excited about and I think in any deal or transaction you hope that both sides see a fair structure where both sides feel good about it and I think that is what was great about the deGrom deal.”
Van Wagenen, who this offseason watched Zack Wheeler depart to the Phillies for five years and $118 million, was asked if he had any message to Mets fans wistful that the team wasn’t in on a pitcher of Cole’s level.
“I don’t have any…