Texas Rangers sign ace Jacob deGrom to $185M, 5-year deal

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FILE - New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom delivers against the San Diego Padres during the first inning of Game 2 of a National League wild-card baseball playoff series Oct. 8, 2022, in New York. Free-agent ace deGrom and the Texas Rangers agreed to a five-year contract Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Free-agent ace Jacob deGrom and the Texas Rangers have agreed to a $185 million, five-year contract.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner leaves the New York Mets after nine seasons — the past two shortened substantially by injuries.

deGrom helped the Mets reach the playoffs

After making his first start last season in early August, deGrom went 5-4 with a 3.08 ERA. He helped the Mets reach the playoffs, then opted out of his contract to become a free agent for the first time.

Texas Rangers sign Jacob deGrom

Texas announced the signing Friday night after the 34-year-old deGrom passed his physical. A person with direct knowledge of the deal disclosed the financial terms to The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the club did not announce those details.