Pete Alonso and 3 other Mets who can earn themselves a big pay increase with a strong 2023 season
By Tim Boyle
Pete Alonso is the guy all New York Mets fans fully expect to get a big pay raise. The slugging first baseman is arbitration eligible through the 2024 season. A contract extension to ensure he stays in Flushing is something the front office needs to consider before it gets a little too near.
Alonso isn’t the only member on the Mets roster who could have a pay raise coming his way. These three other players have an opportunity to enter a new tax bracket or at least upgrade from a membership at the public pool to installing an underground one in their backyard.
How each of these three Mets performs in 2023 will determine whether or not they’ll be looking for parking before a swim or stepping out back for a dip whenever they please. Well, it is baseball money. All of them can already afford the backyard swimming pool. Maybe a raise is the difference between lining it with stone or pure gold.
1) NY Mets pitcher David Peterson reaches arbitration for the first time next year
David Peterson has a big opportunity to win a starting job for the Mets next season based on how he performs in 2023. Money will come into play as well. Peterson becomes arbitration eligible for the first time in 2024.
When players reach arbitration it typically means they’re about to start earning a million dollars per season at the very minimum. Not everyone gets quite there but starting pitchers almost always do.
The first year of arbitration for a player like Peterson won’t be a significant bump from the pre-arbitration salary. The league minimum is $700K which is still a ridiculous amount more than most human beings make.
It’s not unreasonable for Peterson to see his salary next year more than double and reach something close to $2 million. The first trip to arbitration usually doesn’t buy someone’s aunt a house. It should be enough for Peterson to live a little more comfortably and buy some nice gifts for more immediate family members.