NEW YORK (AP) — Center fielder Brandon Nimmo will stay with the New York Mets and has agreed to a $162 million, eight-year contract, according to a person familiar with the deal.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday night because the deal is subject to a successful physical and no announcement has been made.
A quality leadoff hitter with an excellent eye and a career .385 on-base percentage, Nimmo became a free agent last month for the first time. He was a key player when the Mets returned to the playoffs this year for the first time since 2016.
The left-handed hitter hit .274 with 16 home runs and a team-high 102 runs, a career high. He also set a career high with 64 RBIs and 151 games played. His seven 3-pointers tied for the most in the National League.
Bringing Nimmo back means New York is ready to return its entire everyday lineup intact from a team that tied for fifth in the majors in runs and won 101 regular-season games, the second-most in franchise history. .
But the Mets are still busy rebuilding a pitching staff destroyed by free agency, including Jacob deGrom’s departure to Texas and Taijuan Walker’s deal with Philadelphia that was pending a physical.
On the last day of baseball’s winter meetings Wednesday, the Mets completed a two-year, $86.7 million contract with former Houston ace Justin Verlander that includes a conditional $35 million player option for 2025. New York also has a two-year contract worth $26 million. instead with veteran starter José Quintana, pending physical examination.
Those moves add to a payroll that was the largest in the majors last season. Under owner Steve Cohen, who bought the Mets in November 2020, New York became baseball’s biggest spender this year for the first time since 1989. The Mets’ payroll was $273.9 million as of August 31, with Final figures including bonuses yet to be determined. compiled
Nimmo was selected by New York with the 13th pick in the 2011 amateur draft. He turned down a $19.65 million qualifying offer from the Mets last month.
The 29-year-old Wyoming native made his major league debut in 2016. He has a .269 batting average with 63 home runs, 213 RBI and 23 triples in 608 games. He has a career OPS of .827 and has upped his game at center, becoming a solid defender.
The New York Post first reported on Nimmo’s new deal with the Mets.
AP baseball writers Ronald Blum and Jay Cohen contributed to this report.
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