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Two-time Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom leaves Queens for Lonestar State.
According to ESPN, the ex-Mets ace agreed to a five-year, $185 million deal with the Texas Rangers.
Rangers announced the deal – without the details – on Friday.
Injuries limited the 34-year-old deGrom to 64.1 innings last season. He started 11 games and had a 3.08 ERA with 102 strikeouts.
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The right-hander spent the first nine years of his career with the New York Mets. He debuted in 2014 and won the National League Rookie of the Year award. deGrom won back-to-back Cy Youngs in 2018 and 2019.
The Rangers finished the 2022 season fourth in the American League West with a record of 68-94. The club finished 25th in the Pitcher WAR last season and will receive an immediate boost from the signing.
deGrom joins a rotation with Jon Gray, Martin Perez and Jake Odorizzi. Texas also boasts young talent in Dane Dunning, Glen Otto and some minor league guns.
The team spent more than twice as much in free agency as any other team last season. But fighting for a division title will be an uphill battle; the Houston Astros are the reigning World Series champions and the Seattle Mariners ended their long losing streak in the playoffs.
Back in October, the Rangers hired ex-San Francisco Giants skipper Bruce Bochy as their manager.