While the whole world monitors Jacob deGrom’s MarketSNY’s Andy Martino claimed Monday—quoting an MLB source—that the Yankees “recently requested medical reports from deGrom.”
As Martino makes clear, that doesn’t necessarily mean the Yankees are going to try to sign the prized right-hander in free agency. But on the other hand, it’s a step that any interested team would take as part of the process. The two-time Cy Young Award winner has made just 26 starts over the past two seasons, spending significant time on the disabled list.
It remains to be seen how seriously the Yankees would take inquiries into deGrom, the Mets’ star until his contract expires at the end of the 2022 season.
Sure, a lot would depend on what ends up happening with the Yankees’ own free agent, Aaron Judge, who is the Bronx Bombers’ top priority this winter. The Yankees don’t have an obvious replacement for Judge in his outfield and lineup, while they do have an ace in the starting rotation in Gerrit Cole.