New York Mets Lock Down Jeff McNeil for the Next Four Years

The New York Mets and Jeff McNeil have agreed to a four-year, $50 million extension, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

The deal is currently pending a physical, which if passed, means the Mets will have locked in their second baseman for the next four years.

It is also reported that the deal includes a club option for a fifth year, which would take the total value of the contract to $63.75 million.

The 30-year-old slashed .326/.382/.454 across 589 plate appearances last season, earning himself the NL batting champion crown.

McNeil and the Mets were scheduled to go into an arbitration trial, after offering the second baseman $6.25 million, while McNeil wanted $7.75 million.

Many Mets fans were speculating that an extension with the NL batting champion was in the works after McNeil posted an Instagram photo of CITI Field earlier this week.

McNeil has enjoyed himself a good career in Orange and Blue since 2018, with a career slash line of .307/.370/.458 with 42 home runs and 214 RBI.

The 2022 season was a big bounce-back year for the ‘Squirrel’ as he made his second All-Star appearance and took home a Silver Slugger award as well as the batting champion crown.

Alongside his elite hitting skills, McNeil plays above-average defence at both second base and left field, proving his versatility and value to the team as they search for their first World Series title since 1986.

Up next on the Mets extension list, Pete Alonso.

Featured image of Jeff McNeil by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Alex Worth is covering the New York Mets during 2023 as part of the growing team of writers at Bat Flips and Nerds. Follow him on Twitter @AlexWorth17

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