The New York Mets might be a team in the not-too-distant future that hands out extensions to young players as if they were the Atlanta Braves. The Braves do it frequently with their young core and with several notable Mets prospects expected to arrive in the coming seasons, they could end up doing the same.
For now, players like Brett Baty who have already made their major league debut will have to earn the rookie minimum while those still on the farm are even further away from getting any long-term commitment.
However, there are some major league players who are already worthy of an extension. Two candidates stick out the most as ones the team should obviously extend while another guy isn’t quite there.
1) NY Mets should sign Pete Alonso to a contract extension already
Pete Alonso is only going to get more expensive. Even if his abilities are far more limited than some of the other players getting their arbitration years bought out, he is without a doubt one of the best power hitters in the game. Still only 27 and with two years of control left, he is a perfect extension candidate already.
Alonso has been the heartbeat of the Mets lineup ever since he debuted in 2019. His fast rise, continued success, and leadership all help to make him one of those guys worthy of an early extension. Even when he struggled in 2020, he hit for power. The way he literally helped carry the team through 2021 and kept them relevant should remain a major point in the case to extend him.
He is, yet again, contributing regularly and without him the lineup feels barren. Alonso might not be in the MVP race this season but there is little doubt in the minds of Mets fans how crucial it is to have him.