‘MLB.com’ reported on the 28th (Korean time) the news of Jeff McNeil’s contract extension with the New York Mets. The size of the contract is guaranteed for 4 years and 50 million dollars (approximately 61.7 billion won), and includes a club option for the 5th year season. If the option is executed, McNeil’s contract will rise to a maximum of 63.75 million dollars (approximately 78.7 billion won) over five years. 스포츠토토
McNeil was drafted by the Mets with the 356th overall pick in the 12th round of the 2013 draft. McNeil stepped on the big league stage for the first time in 2018 and played in 64 games, recording 74 hits, 3 homers, batting average of 0.329, OPS of 0.852, and successfully leaping to the starting lineup while taking a snow stamp.
McNeil showed off his sophisticated hitting feeling every year, swinging a fire bat with 162 hits, 23 home runs, a batting average of 0.318 OPS and 0.915 in 133 games in his second year. In the 2021 season, due to hamstring injuries, etc., he stayed with a batting average of 0.251 OPS 0.679 in 120 games, but last year rebounded to 148 games, 174 hits, 9 home runs, batting average 0.326 OPS 0.836.
McNeil is a player who stands out for his sophistication rather than his slugging power, and has recorded 564 hits, 46 home runs, batting average of 0.307, and OPS of 0.828 in 516 games over his five major league seasons. Following his two career All-Star selections (2019, 2022), he held the Silver Slugger in his arms last year along with the National League’Strike King’ title.
McNeil was scheduled to become a free agent (FA) after the 2024 season. However, the Mets quickly succeeded in capturing his heart and prevented the possibility of his power being leaked in the future.
The Mets, led by owner “billionaire” Steve Cohen, have been on a wild run this winter. The Mets signed Justin Verlander, who won 244 major league titles, for 2 years and 86.66 million dollars (about 107 billion won), Jose Quintana for 2 years and 26 million dollars (about 32.1 billion won), and Brandon Nemo for 8 years and 162 million dollars ( 200 billion won), David Robertson for 1 year and 10 million dollars (about 12.3 billion won), and Senga Kodai for 5 years and 75 million dollars (about 92.6 billion won).