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

September 28, 2019; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) rolled the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Citi Field. The home run was the 53rd of the season to break 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 last night with some of their players eligible for arbitration.

New York Mets and Pete Alonso agree to a hefty price tag:

The Mets and first young star Pete Alonso managed to come together on a whopping $14.5 million salary for the 2023 season, avoiding arbitration. Some great news for both the Mets and Alonso.

Alonso turned 28 just over a month ago. He is now going into his fifth year with the Mets. Alonso is coming off a dominant year in which he hit a career best. 271, 40 home runs, 131 runs batted in, and a career-high 0.869 OPS.

The Mets will need Alonso’s daily availability, his size and strength on the offensive plate, and continuous improvement from a contact standpoint all in a big way to get where they want to be next year.

New York Mets and Jeff McNeil Unable to Reach an Agreement:

Jeff McNeil and the Mets have not reached an agreement over a salary for 2023 and it will be settled later in arbitration. The Mets proposed at $6.25 million, while McNeil proposed at $7.75 million, leaving a difference of $1.5 million. According to MLB Trade Rumors, McNeil was expected to earn $6.2 million through arbitration.

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

Similar to Alonso, McNeil is a talented young player whose continued ability to make contact will be in great demand in 2023.

The New York Mets avoid arbitration along with five others:

The Mets managed to agree one-year deals and avoid arbitration with Luis Gillor, Thomas Nido, Drew Smith, Eliezer Hernandez and Jeff Brigham.

Smith, Hernandez and Brigham are all expected to provide some depth to the deal that revolves around the group.

In pivotal depth roles, Guillorme and Nido will both be important in the 2023 Mets run. Both are 28 years old, solid defense on the field, and have been with the Mets for over five years now.

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