Alonso and the Mets agreed to a one-year contract worth over $652,000 on Wednesday, an MLB record for a player heading into his second season, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. Players have no bargaining power before they reach their arbitration years, so the club giving Alonso anything more than the league minimum of $563,500 was essentially a show of gratitude for his exploits as a rookie. The 25-year-old hasn't found his timing at the plate yet this spring -- he's hitting only .243 (9-for-37) without a homer -- but Alonso still has a couple weeks to round into form before Opening Day.
Alonso won the 2019 National League Rookie of the Year award Monday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. Alonso broke the rookie home run record during an outstanding 2019 campaign, clubbing 53 home runs while driving in 120 runs over 161 games. He also put together a .260/.358/.583 slash line. Alonso's performance was good enough to earn 29 out of 30 first-place votes.
Alonso went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Braves. Alonso delivered his 53rd homer of the season 415 feet to center field during the third inning to break Aaron Judge's all-time rookie record for home runs in a season. The young slugger has a .260/.359/.586 slash line with 30 doubles and 120 RBI in 160 games during his rookie campaign.
Alonso went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, a walk and two runs scored Friday against the Braves. Alonso cranked his 52nd home run of the 2019 campaign in the bottom of the first inning, tying Aaron Judge for the all-time rookie record. The 24-year-old slugger is slashing .260/.359/.582 over 159 games this season, and he'll have two more contests to take sole possession of the home-run record.
Alonso went 1-for-4 with a walk and a three-run home run in Wednesday's 10-3 win over the Marlins. While the Mets were eliminated from postseason contention by a Brewers win Wednesday, Alonso will still have plenty to play for over the final few games of the season. The rookie slugger not only leads the majors with 51 homers, two ahead of Eugenio Suarez, but he's one more long ball away from tying Aaron Judge's all-time rookie record of 52. Alonso will have four more games to try and match, or even pass, Judge in the history books.