Mets’ Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil won’t get money they asked for



PORT ST. LUCIE — Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil won’t get their respective asking prices from the Mets.

Both players had their contracts renewed Wednesday, when the Mets announced they had agreed to terms with 15 other players for this season.

Alonso and McNeil, who are not yet arbitration-eligible, have zero leverage in negotiations, but can seek any financial arrangement.

Last year, under general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, the Mets, as a goodwill gesture, gave Alonso a contract for $652,521 — a season after he established a MLB rookie record with 53 homers. The league minimum salary was $563,500.

McNeil’s contract for last season was $617,676.

Alonso’s agent, Adam Karon, had no comment. McNeil’s agent, Joe Longo, did not return a message seeking comment.

Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil
Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil
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The Mets reached agreement with Khalil Lee, Patrick Mazeika, Tomas Nido, Yennsy Diaz, Franklyn Kilome, Joey Lucchesi, Corey Oswalt, David Peterson, Sean Reid-Foley, Drew Smith, Thomas Szapucki, Stephen Tarpley, Jordan Yamamoto and Daniel Zamora.

Alonso and McNeil will be arbitration-eligible for the first time after this season.

Jacob deGrom will start Thursday night’s game against the Astros in West Palm Beach, Fla. Luis Rojas indicated much of the starting lineup will make the trip, but the team is still taking it slow with plans to get Dominic Smith acclimated in left field. Smith has played first base and DH so far in the exhibition season.

Francisco Lindor announced a $1 million gift to his alma mater, Montverde (Fla.) Academy. The donation will go toward the construction of a building, Lindor Hall, which will serve 203 middle school students. He also established the Francisco Lindor Scholarship Fund to provide current and prospective students with financial assistance to attend the school.

Lindor began attending Montverde as an eighth grader, after arriving from Puerto Rico. He was selected from the school as the eighth-overall pick in the 2011 draft by the Indians.

Shortstop Ronny Mauricio, who rates among the organization’s top prospects, admitted he has given thought to where he might fit if Lindor agrees to a long-term contract extension with the Mets. Mauricio said he never has played another position, but could likely play second base or third base. Mauricio was reassigned from major league camp earlier this week.


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