Jacob deGrom named Opening Day starting pitcher for Texas Rangers in 2023 season
The Texas Rangers have announced that Jacob deGrom will be their Opening Day starting pitcher for the 2023 season. This $185 million ace will be leading the Rangers as they take on the Philadelphia Phillies at Globe Life Field.
Signing of Jacob deGrom
The Rangers signed Jacob deGrom, the 34-year-old right-hander, to a five-year contract during the offseason at an average price of $37 million per year. This makes his average annual salary the second highest ever awarded to a pitcher. The contract value could potentially surpass $200 million with a conditional option for a sixth year.
Spring training performance
During spring training, deGrom was trailing other pitchers due to reported flank pain when he arrived at camp on Feb. 14. However, he was able to pitch in two spring games last week and is now ready to lead the Rangers as their Opening Day starting pitcher.
Past Opening Day performances
This will be the fourth time that Jacob deGrom has pitched on Opening Day in his career. He started three consecutive games for the New York Mets between 2019 and 2021, and the Rangers are confident that he will continue to bring his A-game as he takes the field for them in the upcoming season.
The Rangers will be relying heavily on Jacob deGrom to lead their pitching rotation this season. With his impressive track record and high salary, expectations are high for his performance on Opening Day and throughout the rest of the season. Fans of the Texas Rangers will surely be excited to see what deGrom can bring to their team.