The weekend brought good news for New York Mets fans.
The team signed star infielder Jeff McNeil to a contract extension worth $50 million over four years.
The deal also contains an option for 2027, which would bring the agreement to $63.75 million.
As MLB’s reigning batting champ, he could have made more money by waiting until free agency, but he was going to be 33 years old then.
That’s a bargain for a guy with so much offensive talent and defensive versatility, especially considering the current financial landscape in the league.
“4 years 50 million for the reigning batting champ. You can say Jeff McNeil took a paycut but he now has generational wealth, A place his family can call home, and a chance to win. That’s all that matters,” @MeekPhill_ tweeted.
4 years 50 million for the reigning batting champ. You can say Jeff McNeil took a paycut but he now has generational wealth, A place his family can call home, and a chance to win.
That’s all that matters
— Phill (@MeekPhill_) January 27, 2023
We don’t know if he took a pay cut or not, but he surely could have made much more money had he waited until reaching free agency.
He still has generational wealth anyway, as well as a place his family can call home (New York) and a chance to win the World Series.
He is getting all that from the team that developed him as a player and helped him reach the major leagues.
In MLB, he is the owner of a solid .307/.370/.458 slash line and a steady .828 OPS.
He is sneaky fast and can hit about 15-20 homers per year, which boosts his offensive upside.
His true worth, however, is in his ability to make consistent contact, which gives him a nice batting average floor.
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