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Texas Rangers give warning they mean business after Jacob deGrom signing

Jacob deGrom won two Cy Young awards during his nine seasons with the New York Mets.

SAN DIEGO — Bruce Bochy hasn’t managed a single day yet for the Texas Rangers, but he sure got a whole lot smarter since he took the gig six weeks ago.

The moment ace Jacob deGrom signed a five-year, $185 million contract with the Rangers, Bochy didn’t know whether to spray champagne, announce his opening-day starter, or start mapping out his rotation for the summer.

Bochy, who signed a three-year contract with the Rangers after sitting out the last three seasons, knew that the Rangers planned to be aggressive in free agency, just like a year ago when they dropped $500 million on free-agent infielders Corey Seager and Marcus Semien. He was thrilled deGrom was interested, and GM Chris Young started to sound optimistic, but free agency has so many twists and turns, no one ever quite knows for sure.

“I felt good about it,’’ Bochy said, “but you realize a lot of clubs are going to talk to the man. So you still don’t know where you’re at, as far as what his thoughts are. You still don’t know where it’s going to go.

“And then the next day [Young] called me and he starts talking, And then he finally said: “We got him. We got Jacob!’

“Euphoria hits at that point. I couldn’t have been more thrilled, more excited that we were able to bring him here. And I’m thankful, first of all, to Jacob for coming to Texas, but also for C.Y. [Chris Young], ownership, stepping up the way they did to get a guy that was very much a need for us.

“You’re talking one of the best pitchers in the game. It makes our club so much better when you get a player like this. And so I couldn’t have been happier.’’

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Jacob deGrom won two Cy Young awards during his nine seasons with the New York Mets.

It brings back memories, Bochy said, when the San Diego Padres acquired ace Kevin Brown at the 1997 winter meetings from the Florida Marlins. One year later, Brown was leading the Padres to the 1998 World Series, going 18-7 with a 2.38 ERA, pitching 257 innings.

“I’ll never forget when we got him in ’98 in San Diego,’’ Bochy said. “I mean, you just change your staff. We ended up going to the World Series that year. Not just the talent that he was, but you know Kevin. And his approach to the game and everything just made the rest of the staff better.’’

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