Mets to re-sign Brandon Nimmo to eight-year contract

Mets to re-sign Brandon Nimmo to eight-year contract

Mets and outfielders Brandon Nimmo Agreed to a deal that would bring him back to Queens, reports Joel Sherman of The New York Post. It will be an eight-year, $162MM deal. Sherman by adding That Nimmo will have a no-trade clause.

Nimmo, who turned 30 in March, was considered by most observers to be the clear #2 outfielder on this winter’s free agent market, behind Aaron Judge but ahead of anyone else. Nimmo is nowhere near Judge in terms of power, as he has just 63 home runs in his seven-year career, while Judge hit 62 in 2022 alone.

Despite that lack of power, Nimmo stood out from the rest of the outfielders on the market for a few reasons. One is his ability to play center field and the second is his ability to get on base. For his career, which began in 2016, he has a 13.6% walk rate and a .385 on-base percentage. Only 17 qualified hitters had a better walk rate during that span and only seven had a better OBP. His career batting line is currently .269/.385/.441, leading to a 134 wRC+, indicating he is 34% better than the league average hitter.

That level of production would be welcome at any position, but it’s especially valuable at center, where many teams are looking for upgrades. Nimmo was surprisingly popular as a free agent, receiving reports of public interest from the Blue Jays, Giants, Yankees, Rays and Mariners, among others of course interested. But it will be the Mets, the franchise that drafted Nimmo 13th overall in 2011, who will keep him. Even before the offseason really started, it was Report The Mets prioritized keeping closers Nimmo and Edwin Diaz, and they have now succeeded on both fronts.

The deal is not without its risks, as Nimmo has spent his share on the injured list. In his career, he has landed at IL with a hamstring strain, a collapsed lung, a neck problem and a finger injury. Due to these various ailments, he has only taken 100 games in a season twice. Most of those injuries are a few years in the past at this point, as Nimmo was healthy in the shortened 2020 season, playing 92 games in 2021 and 151 this year. That means he’s been healthy for most of the past three seasons. However, this deal went beyond expectations both in terms of length and guarantee. MLBTR predicted a five-year, $110MM contract but Nimmo received three additional years and an additional $52MM, meaning the deal would carry him through his age-37 season.

More to come.

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