Mets Rumors: Pete Alonso Agrees to Historic $14.5M Contract to Avoid Arbitration

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 14, 2023

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 08: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets hits a solo home run off of Nick Martinez #21 of the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning in game two of the Wild Card Series at Citi Field on October 08, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Pete Alonso and the New York Mets are avoiding arbitration.

The sides reportedly agreed to a one-year, $14.5 million deal for the 2023 season that was the largest number for a first baseman ever in arbitration negotiations, per Jeff Passan of ESPN.

Alonso, 28, will have one more year of arbitration left before he can become a free agent in 2025, and he'll have no shortage of suitors when it's time for that blockbuster payday.

He was once again excellent in 2022, hitting .271 with 40 homers, 131 RBI, 95 runs and a .869 OPS. His efforts were somewhat overshadowed by the epic performance of another Big Apple slugger, however, as Aaron Judge sent 62 baseballs over fences this season.

"I'm still not sure," Mets' manager Buck Showalter told reporters, "that people fully appreciate how good a year this young man [Alonso] had."

He's now blasted 146 homers across four seasons, though he's yet to replicate the 53-homer campaign he had as a rookie in 2019.

But the two-time All-Star is one of the preeminent sluggers in baseball, and he'll earn another healthy payday next season before he hits the free-agent market, barring an extension with the Mets before that time.

The Mets have had a big offseason, bringing in Justin Verlander, Brandon Nimmo, Kodai Senga, and José Quintana, though the Carlos Correa deal falling through will sting a little. Still, this is a talent-laden roster, and one that will be expected to do far better than the Wild Card exit from this past season.

It's been seven seasons since the Mets won a playoff series. Erasing that is the primary goal in 2023, and the Mets have certainly loaded up on talent in an effort to get the job done.