Jeff McNeil The Mets $50 Million Man
The New York Mets and Jeff McNeil have reached a deal for a four-year contract extension worth $50 million. This agreement means that McNeil, who is a key player for the team, will remain with the Mets as they aim to win their first World Series in over thirty years. The deal is also pending a physical and includes an option for a fifth year, which would bring the total value to $63.75 million. The extension was made more appealing due to the fact that McNeil was not set to reach free agency until just before his 33rd birthday, and the market does not always reward players who specialize in contact. McNeil has a career batting average of .307, which is among the best in the league and he is a versatile player who can play both second base and the corner outfield positions. The agreement also comes with a financial cost for the Mets, as the average annual value of the deal will cause the team's competitive balance tax bill to increase.