It was a great Tuesday for New York Mets utility participant Jeff McNeil.
McNeil’s four-year extension from the workforce price $50 million was made official, and it consists of an choice for a fifth 12 months that would convey the grand whole to $63.75 million.
However, throughout his press convention Tuesday to announce the extension, McNeil is ready on yet another factor – however now from the entrance workplace.
Francisco Lindor, the Mets’ All-Star shortstop, promised McNeil that he would purchase him a automobile if he gained the Nationwide League batting title. He did simply that, averaging .326 over the 2022 season, however he nonetheless hasn’t obtained his reward.
McNeil stated that he lately despatched Lindor some automobiles that caught his eye.
“He said they were nice cars,” McNeil stated, by way of The Publish. “They were one brand of a very nice [car].”
McNeil and Lindor do produce other issues on their thoughts for the time being, with Mets spring training opening in two weeks. As at all times, will probably be pitchers first, then place gamers earlier than the primary workforce apply.
The 30-year-old McNeil figures to be a distinguished piece of a Mets lineup that gained 101 video games final season, although they fell to the San Diego Padres within the NL wild-card spherical.
This extension, nonetheless, makes McNeil a key piece for the longer term as properly.
“Taking care of my family was huge,” McNeil stated, as he forgoes his last two years of arbitration with this extension. “Coming up at 26 and being a free agent at 33, you never know what is going to happen. I am an uptight person as well so I think this kind of allows me to go out there and play baseball every day. I don’t have to worry.”
Assured cash has at all times been engaging for gamers, particularly in MLB when turning into a free agent initially requires years of arbitration. Gamers just like the Atlanta Braves’ Ozzie Albies, New York Yankees’ Luis Severino, and most lately, Tampa Bay Rays’ Yandy Diaz take early extensions earlier than hitting the market to ensure their hundreds of thousands.
McNeil famous that these discussions with Mets brass grew to become severe in January following the deadline for arbitration-eligible gamers to succeed in an settlement with their groups. McNeil hoped to get a increase from $3 million to $7.75 million for the upcoming season. The Mets countered with $6.25 million on the time, forcing arbitration.
They keep away from that now with the brand new extension.
With McNeil locked in for no less than the subsequent 4 years, the Mets have a strong core that features Brandon Nimmo, who re-signed this offseason after turning into a free agent, and Lindor. Pete Alonso, who has yet another 12 months of arbitration after this season, is probably going the subsequent participant on the Mets’ record of extension talks.
As McNeil acknowledged, he made his big-league debut when he was 26 years previous in 2018, and it was a fantastic displaying with a .329/.381/.471 slash line in 63 video games. These efforts landed him with the Mets for the complete 2019 season, which grew to become his first All-Star 12 months with a .318/.384/.531 slash with 23 homers, 38 doubles and 75 RBI in 133 video games.
In 5 seasons, McNeil has hit beneath .311 simply as soon as, making him top-of-the-line contact hitters within the recreation.
Regardless of being “over the hump” at 30 years previous, the Mets see no motive why McNeil’s bat cannot proceed to pump out hits every season, which led to locking in his abilities for the short- and long-term future.