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Mets’ Jacob deGrom plans to opt out of contract after 2022 season

Jacob deGrom will become a free agent after the 2022 season.

The New York Mets right-hander told reporters on Monday that he plans to exercise the opt-out clause of his contract after this season.

deGrom signed a five-year, $137.5 million contract prior to the 2019 season that included an opt-out after the 2022 season.

“For me, I don’t want that to be any distraction,” he said. “I’m excited about this team, and I’ve said it before, I love being a Met. Think it would be really cool to be one for my entire career. The plan is to exercise that option and be in constant contact in the offseason with the Mets and Steve Cohen and the front office.”