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Mets’ Jacob deGrom rumors, buzz: Yankees in the mix? Latest updates

  Mets’ Jacob deGrom rumors, buzz: Yankees in the mix? Latest updates Here are the latest updates on Jacob deGrom as the former New York Mets ace navigates free agency after opting out of his contract following the World Series. BUY MLB TICKETS: STUBHUB, VIVID SEATS, TICKETSMARTER, TICKETMASTER UPDATE (12:24 p.m.): SNY reports “The Yankees recently requested medical information on deGrom, according to a league source. The Yankees are just the fourth team, including the Mets, known to express interest.” The others are the Atlanta Braves and Texas Rangers, according to SNY. “A league source said that a fifth team also recently requested deGrom’s medicals, but that club is unlikely to pursue him.

Friday marked the end of an era for the New York Mets, when longtime ace and two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom signed a five-year contract with the Texas Rangers.

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deGrom, who turns 35 next season, reached free agency after a nine-year stint with the Amazin's that included a Rookie of the Year nod in 2014, four All-Star appearances, a trip to the World Series in 2015, and the two Cys.

So, it's not a stretch to say deGrom claimed his place as the second-best starter in franchise history, after only the immortal Tom Seaver.

Though deGrom's availability in recent seasons was drastically limited due to injury, he was still extremely effective when healthy.

MLB insider: Mets could beat out Yankees for pair of aces

  MLB insider: Mets could beat out Yankees for pair of aces The hunt to secure starting pitching could turn into a battle between New York’s two clubs this offseason. The New York Mets and the New York Yankees are both looking to add to their rotation and have their eyes on some of the same talent. BUY MLB TICKETS: STUBHUB, VIVID SEATS, TICKETSMARTER, TICKETMASTER Two of those coveted pitchers are Jacob deGrom and Kodai Senga. Who will win them? Here’s what SNY’s Andy Martino says: “I don’t think the Yankees are signing deGrom or Senga. That’s the feeling I have from reporting. I think the Mets can end up with them both. I don’t think the Yankees are going to sign either of those players, and I’ll leave it at that.

His foray into free agency put the Mets in a difficult position, knowing he was likely seeking a massive contract even though all indications suggested that to do so would be paying in part for past performance.

For Mets fans, deGrom's departure is obviously an emotional occasion.

His transformation from relatively unheralded prospect out of tiny Stetson University into one of the game's most dominant pitchers delighted the Citi Field faithful for the better part of a decade.

On social media, the news of deGrom inking a lucrative deal that far exceeded the prognostications of most experts was met with a wide range of responses from the fans and journalists who follow the team closely.

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Rangers Make Room for Andrew Heaney .
The Texas Rangers designated a young reliever for assignment and signed three players to minor-league deals on Friday. The Texas Rangers made the signing of pitcher Andrew Heaney official on Friday, making a corresponding move to get Heaney on the 40-man roster. To make room, the Rangers designated pitcher A.J. Alexy for assignment. The Rangers also signed three players to minor-league contracts — catcher David Garcia, left-handed pitcher Lucas Jacobsen and right-handed pitcher Nick Snyder.

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