When New York Mets baseball resumes in 2020, the franchise will rely heavily on a pair of Florida men to lead the organization, Pete Alonso and Jacob deGrom.
Put the phrase “Florida man” into your favorite search engine and you’re probably going to find some odd stories about drugs, alligators, and human stupidity. Add New York Mets to these words and you will find much better news. That’s because two Florida men will help shape this franchise for at least the next half-decade.
Mets baseball is over for the 2010s. In this ten-year span, the team made two trips to the postseason and appeared in one World Series. Other than the postseason year, they only finished .500 one other time: 2019.
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Currently at different stages of their career, these two are ideal for this organization. The franchise has a tendency to employ players with good reputations as human beings—at least this is their aim. David Wright was a man of the people and will be forever adored by the fans. Alonso and deGrom have a lot of The Captain in them.
The fact that the Mets have possibly the greatest slugger in franchise history currently making league minimum bodes well for the way they shape the rest of the roster. You see, having a guy hit 50+ home runs while making a rookie’s salary allows them to build in other areas.
On deGrom’s behalf, his large and well-deserved paycheck can have the Mets think in another way. While they could use this as an excuse not to spend, they should instead look at this as a reason to spend to their maximum capacity. Why pay a guy all of this money if you aren’t going to build a solid team around him?
As a first-year player in 2019, Alonso is under team control for five more seasons. In the near future, it’s possible we see them give this Florida man the deGrom treatment and extend him.
Similarly, deGrom is signed to a deal which could also keep him in New York through 2024. He does have an opt-out after 2022 and a team option for the final year of his deal. Nevertheless, he’s sticking around for a few years at minimum into the next decade.
It’s exciting to see what the Mets have in store over the next ten seasons. You may already be sick hearing about their promising young core.
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Don’t worry. Soon enough they’ll be experienced veterans with the grizzled Floridian Jacob deGrom and the all-powerful Pete Alonso leading the charge.