The New York Mets did what they had to do to bring Brandon Nimmo back. There were virtually no center fielders available in free agency, and the team would've been far worse had they not brought him back. The deal, however, didn't come cheap.
Nimmo signed an eight-year $162 million dollar deal to remain a Met. The AAV being slightly above $20 million dollars is not the issue. That number is actually less than I expected. What I did not expect, and am a little worried about, is the eight years.
Brandon Nimmo's massive deal to remain with the Mets comes with one big concern
Nimmo turns 30 before Opening Day. He will be a Met through his age 38 season. I think it's awesome that this deal ensures that in all likelihood Nimmo will be a career Met but I'm also nervous about how it'll turn out.
In his seven-year career, he's played 100+ games only twice. One of those years was his rookie year when he was called up mid-season and another one of those years was the shortened 2020 season but the point stands. Nimmo has struggled to stay on the field.
He did play in 151 games this past season and had the most complete year of his career. He seems to be only getting better as he's improved offensively and defensively.
How reliable is he to stay on the field? That remains to be seen. Eventually he'll move to a corner spot and hopefully Alex Ramirez will be able to play center field every day. For the next two or three years, Nimmo is going to have to remain an elite center fielder. It all starts with health.
While the injury concern is glaring, this had to get done. The 2023 Mets would stand no chance if they did not retain Brandon Nimmo. He's here, and he's on relatively cheap annual money. The Mets are not done, and they might even be better than they were this past season when they won 101 games.