In the day of age of countless players reaching free agency in Major League Baseball, it is not often that we get to witness an elite player sign a very team-friendly contract extension to remain with their team. However, we witnessed that today with the New York Mets.
According to top MLB reporter for ESPN, Jeff Passan, the New York Mets have reached a contract extension with superstar Jeff McNeil at a value of four years, $50 million, with a potential fifth-year club option to bring the total potential value of the contract to $63.75 million.
Jeff McNeil, who turns 31 in April, is currently the reigning National League batting champ after finishing the season with the highest batting average in all of the MLB at .326. He also is coming off a season where he won the silver slugger for 2nd baseman and was elected to the 2022 All-Star game.
McNeil is one of the best second basemen in all of the MLB with his elite hitting tool, but he also has spent time playing in the outfield and at third base.
He never has been a major power hitter, but in 2019 he did hit a career-high 23 home runs with the New York Mets. He has spent his entire five-year career with a member of the New York Mets organization.
Last season he had a .326 batting average, a .382 on-base percentage, 9 home runs, and only struck out 61 times in 589 plate appearances. He finished the season with an elite 5.7 bWAR.
The New York Mets are now retaining one of the best hitters in all of MLB at a fraction of the cost of most signings.
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