Now that New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso has won honors as National League Rookie of the Year, his club needs to sign him to a multi-million dollar long-term contract, eating up at least his early arbitration eligible years.
Mets vice president and general manager Brodie Van Wagenen is well aware of this.
“We haven’t really thought that far ahead about what Pete’s financial situation will be next year other than the fact that he deserves everything he gets at this point,” said Van Wagenen Monday night, sounding more like his former role as an agent than a baseball ops executive as the first day of the GM meetings ended in Paradise Valley, Arizona.
Alonso is at the lower end of baseball’s salary scale, a 24-year-old player who set the rookie record with 53 home runs.
He earned the minimum of $555,000 this past season, just about doubling his pay by taking home the $1 million first-place prize after winning the Home Run Derby the day before the All-Star Game in Cleveland.