New York Mets sign Pete Alonso, update on Jeff McNeil, other arbitration-eligible players

Sep 28, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Citi Field. The home run was his 53rd of the season breaking the rookie record for home runs in a single season. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets had some big news break last night with some of their players eligible for arbitration.

New York Mets and Pete Alonso agree to huge price tag:

The Mets and young star first baseman Pete Alonso were able to meet on a hefty salary of $14.5 million for the 2023 season, avoiding arbitration. Some great news for both the Mets and Alonso.

Alonso turned just 28 a little over a month ago. He is now going into year five with the Mets. Alonso is coming off of a dominant year in which he hit a career-best .271, 40 home runs, 131 runs batted in, and had a .869 OPS.

The Mets are going to need Alonso’s availability every day, size and power at the plate offensively, and continued improvement from a contact standpoint, all in a big way to get where they want next year.

New York Mets and Jeff McNeill unable to reach an agreement:

Jeff McNeil and the Mets did not reach an agreement on a salary for 2023 and will settle it later this offseason in arbitration. The Mets proposed an amount of $6.25 million, while McNeil filed for $7.75 million, leaving a difference of $1.5 million. Per MLB Trade Rumors, McNeil was projected to get $6.2 million through arbitration.

McNeil was incredibly successful for the Mets in year five with the team, finishing as the MLB Batting Champion, hitting .326.

Similar to Alonso, McNeil is a talented young player whose consistent ability to hit for contact will be needed tremendously in 2023.

New York Mets avoid arbitration with five others:

The Mets were able to agree on one-year deals and avoid arbitration with Luis Guillorme, Tomas Nido, Drew Smith, Elieser Hernandez, and Jeff Brigham.

Smith, Hernandez, and Brigham will all be expected to provide some depth to the bullpen rounding the group out.

In pivotal depth roles, Guillorme and Nido will both be important for the 2023 Mets. The two are both 28, offer strong defense in the field, and have been with the Mets for over five years now.

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