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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Pete Alonso gets record-setting raise from Mets after record-setting rookie season

Give that man a raise!

The Mets have agreed to terms on a record-high salary increase for second-year major-leaguer Pete Alonso on Wednesday, the Daily News confirmed. The 2019 National League Rookie of the Year is expected to make $652,521 in the 2020 season, according to multiple reports.

“We got a number — I was shocked and thrilled,” Alonso told reporters. “I’m just so happy we came to an agreement because I think the world of this organization. It truly is a blessing.”

The figure may seem like small potatoes compared to the slugger’s tremendous output his debut season — the “Polar Bear” mashed 53 home runs on his way to a new MLB rookie record — but the increase is also one that doesn’t often happen for players who haven’t yet hit arbitration and a record for a player coming off their rookie season.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals seem puzzled by this logic.

 

QLE Posted: March 12, 2020 at 12:45 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: March 12, 2020 at 02:20 AM (#5929813)
If it is a record it is, at best, a record by $521. Bryant got $652,000 in his 2nd year. Let's not discuss inflation.
   2. salvomania Posted: March 12, 2020 at 10:37 AM (#5929876)
“We got a number — I was shocked and thrilled,” Alonso told reporters. “I’m just so happy we came to an agreement because I think the world of this organization. It truly is a blessing.”

The figure may seem like small potatoes...

Yes, it is small potatoes, but notice the reaction. Compare this result to the Cardinals' in their stingy handling of Jack Flaherty's contract.

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