3 Mets players with the most to gain down the stretch

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In these final weeks of the regular season and even into the playoffs, there are certain members of the New York Mets who have a lot to gain. Everyone has the potential to add a World Series ring to their collection if they don’t already own a piece of that jewelry.

As individuals, they are playing for bigger contracts, expanded roles, and a better reputation.

It’s these three Mets who might the most to gain down the stretch of the 2022 season.

1) NY Mets starting pitcher Chris Bassitt can gain a much bigger contract with a strong finish

Chris Bassitt has been a really good member of the Mets rotation this season. He’s going to lead the team in innings pitched. The team couldn’t have asked for much more out of their number three starter who has performed more like a number two guy than anything else this year.

Bassitt is one of those later-blooming big leaguers who won’t hit free agency until right before his age 34 season. It’s far from ideal but his performance this year should reward him with some nice money in the offseason.

Bassitt is guaranteed to get a strong yet short contract in the offseason from the Mets or someone else. He was able to sign a deal with the team for next year that is a mutual option for $19 million. It’s tough to see him accepting it at this point. He would be better off getting a three-year deal than hoping to replicate the awesome season he has had in year one with the Mets.

Some solid starts in the final weeks of the regular season will go a long way toward Bassitt gaining a bigger contract. How he does in the postseason should also help. Although teams don’t pay players exclusively for what they do in the playoffs, knowing you are signing someone able to perform in a big situation like the playoffs is crucial.

Bassitt’s finish this year will determine the number of years and how crooked those numbers in his next contract are.