PORT ST. LUCIE — Now this is a bluff The Post would love to see called.

If Jacob deGrom doesn’t get his desired long-term extension by his Opening Day deadline, would he actually take the Nationals Park mound on March 28, clock six shutout innings while throwing 62 pitches and then, when asked about pitching the seventh, borrow an old Herman Melville line and declare, “I would prefer not to”?

Very likely not, as this exaggerates the sort of measures deGrom’s current head agent, Jeff Berry of CAA, proposed in an industry memo last year. Yet by throwing down the gauntlet in their discussions with the Mets, whose general manager, Brodie Van Wagenen, just happens to be deGrom’s former head agent, deGrom and company have rolled a hand grenade into this upbeat Mets spring just as pitchers and catchers reported.

And the sobering reality is that neither the Mets nor Van Wagenen has earned the right to call such bluffs. They should buy high on deGrom, advance these slow-moving discussions and give him the five-year, $155.5 million extension The Post’s Joel Sherman outlined in November and hope that commitment puts them in a position to be bolder the next time.

“I think it’s for everyone’s best interests so that the focus once the season starts is on the performance of the team,” Van Wagenen said Tuesday at First Data Field of the deadline, first reported by The Post’s Mike Puma, which the GM described as “a mutual understanding.” He continued, “I think everybody feels like we’ve got a chance to play meaningful games right out of the gate, and we don’t want to have anything standing in that way.”

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