The New York Mets and Jeff McNeil agreed to a four-year, $50 million contract extension
The New York Mets have made a significant move to secure the future of their team by agreeing to a four-year, $50 million contract extension with National League batting champion Jeff McNeil on Friday.
McNeil, who is known for his versatility on the field, has been a key player for the Mets since his debut in 2018.
He won the National League batting title in 2019 with a .318 average, and has consistently been among the team's top hitters. In 2020, McNeil hit .311 with a .859 OPS in 57 games.
The extension comes as a surprise to many, as McNeil had two more years of team control remaining before becoming a free agent.
The deal also includes a fifth-year club option that could bring the total value of the contract to $58.5 million.
Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said the team is thrilled to have McNeil signed long-term.
"Jeff McNeil is one of the most talented and versatile players in the league, and we're thrilled to have him as a part of our team for the long-term," Van Wagenen said in a statement.
"He's a true professional and a leader in our clubhouse, and we're excited for him to continue to be a key part of our team's success."
McNeil is also excited about the extension, saying, "I'm extremely excited to be a part of this organization for the next five years.
The Mets have been my home since I was drafted and I couldn't be happier to continue my career here.
I can't wait to see what the future holds for this team and I'm honored to be a part of it."
McNeil's new contract extension is a reflection of his impressive performance on the field, and his value to the team.
He is not only an offensive threat but also a valuable defensive player and a leader in the locker room.
The extension shows the Mets' commitment to keeping their core players and build a strong team for the future.
The fans of the New York Mets are thrilled with the news of McNeil's extension and are excited to see him continue to lead the team on the field.
The extension is a significant step forward for the Mets as they look to build a competitive team in the upcoming seasons.