Mets signing CF Brandon Nimmo, RHP David Robertson

The Mets payroll just keeps getting bigger.

New York signed two players on Thursday, retrieving outfielder Brandon Nimmo on an eight-year, $162 million deal and adding reliever David Robertson on a one-year, $10 million contract, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

The deal keeps Nimmo in New York and contributes to baseball’s largest payroll. It is the second-richest contract in Mets history by total value, behind Francisco Lindor’s 10-year, $341 million deal, which was signed ahead of the 2021 season.

Nimmo has spent his entire pro career with the Mets, who drafted him in the first round in 2011.

The 29-year-old has strung together the best consecutive seasons of his career in 2021 and 22. Last season, Nimmo hit .274/.367/.433 with 16 homers in 151 games while posting a 5.0 bWAR. In 2021, Nimmo played in 92 games with stints on the injured list due to an injured hand and a strained hamstring, hitting .292/.401/.437 with eight homers and 3.6 bWAR.

The Mets star has also made big strides defensively in midfield in recent seasons.

Robertson made a comeback campaign in 2022, his strongest season with the Yankees since 2018. In 36 games with the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies, Robertson had a 2.40 ERA in 58 games.

The right-hander played a huge role for Philadelphia in the playoffs, pitching in eight games during the team’s run to the World Series and allowing just one run in 7⅔ innings with 11 strikeouts and five walks.

The Mets signed Edwin Díaz to a five-year, $102 million deal to start their spending spree this offseason and added three-time Cy Young winner Justin Verlander to a two-year, $86.66 million deal.

With Nimmo and Robertson’s deals included, the Mets’ payroll for next season is estimated at around $320 million. They would be the first team ever to open the season with $300 million in payroll, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/35213868/sources-mets-brandon-nimmo-agree-8-years-162m Mets signing CF Brandon Nimmo, RHP David Robertson

Emma Bowman

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