Pete Alonso, Mets Agree To Record Pre-Arbitration Figure

Team Also Comes To Terms With 20 Players

Alec Gearty
March 11, 2020 - 11:47 am

New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso had quite the rookie season and will cash in as a result of his on-field performance. 

Alonso was one of the 21 pre-arbitration eligible players to agree to terms with the Mets on Wednesday. He appeared in his first All Star Game en route to Rookie of the Year honors and a league-leading 53 home runs last season. The Mets have agreed to pay Alonso $652, 521 for the 2020 season.

The payday is not only a raise for the first baseman, but also a record figure for player coming off his first year, according to Newsday's Tim Healey

"First and foremost, I'd like to say thank you to the New York Mets for this gesture," Alonso told reporters, via SNY. "I just feel extremely honored to be a part of this organization. I feel extremely blessed because for me this organization means the world to me. This truly feels like home."

In 2019, Alonso earned the league minimum of $555,000. MLB had previously increased the major league minimum salary to $563,000 for the 2020 season. Alonso was estimated to earn roughly $583,500 in his second season, but his current figure easily surpassed both marks. 

"We got a number, I was shocked and thrilled," Alonso said. "I'm just so happy we came to an agreement because I think the world of this organization. It truly is a blessing."

The Mets have also agreed to deals with pitchers Tyler Bashlor, Stephen Gonsalves, Jordan Humphreys, Franklyn Kilome, Walker Lockett, Stephen Nogosek, Corey Oswalt, Jacob Rhame, Paul Sewald, Drew Smith, Thomas Szapucki and Daniel Zamora.

J.D. Davis, Jeff McNeil and Amed Rosario highlight position players that also inked a deal. Other players include: Andres Gimenez, Luis Guillorme, Tomas Nido, Ali Sanchez and Dominic Smith.