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He meets “optimistic” about coming to terms with Tommy Pham

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10:26am: It’s a one-year, $6 million contract for Pham, Tweets John Heyman from the New York Post. USA Today Bob Nightingale Add The contract has $2 million in incentives available and is expected to be finalized on Thursday.

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10:08 am: The Mets and Pham agreed to the terms of the contract, Martino Tweets. The transaction is pending physical.

9:44 am: The Mets have an offer on the table for a free agent player Tommy Pham He is optimistic about completing the deal. SNY’s Andy Martino reports. The Mets also made offers for Andrew McCutcheon And Adam Duvallaccording to the report, but McCutcheon preferred to return to his original team in Pittsburgh while Duvall had the opportunity for more playing time in Boston.

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Pham, 35, in March split the 2022 season between Cincinnati and Boston, hitting a combined . 374/. 312/. 374 with 17 home runs and eight stolen bases in 622 plate appearances. It was a down season overall, but Pham’s streak included a strong .273/.338/.446 hitting streak against left-handed pitching.

In addition, Pham’s Batted ball profile also serves as an indicator of increased production in the future. His average strikeout speed of 92.2 mph ranked 93 percent of all major league hitters, while his 48.2 percent hit rate ranked 89 percent, according to Statcast. Even if the bat doesn’t bounce back to the levels those numbers indicate, there’s a good chance it will be a useful option for the platoon. Also, Pham also still has favorable ratings for his arm strength on the court (74th percentile) and average sprint speed (66th percentile). Defensive metrics have directed his glove work overall (0 DRS, -6 OAA), but the tools are there for him to rebound in that capacity as well.

From 2015 to 2019, Pham was one of football’s most underrated players, hitting a total of 277/.373/.472 (130 wRC+) with a whopping 12.2% walk rate against a 23.3% strikeout rate. He’s been a slightly below-average hitter overall since that time, but given his speed, arm strength, and solid production against lefties, he’s a nice bat to be on the bench.

Pham is mostly confined to left field at this point in his career — he’s only had 91 home runs in center field and seven in right field since 2018 — but he’ll give the Mets some insurance in the outside while possibly serving as a right-handed complement to left DH Daniel Vogelbach. This is especially true if the Mets are looking to move from There is a reputation After a frustrating two months at Queens after last year’s takeover at the trade deadline.

While Pham itself may not be a backup option for Brandon Nemo In center field, his addition to the mix provides the Mets with some extra cover in the event of an injury on the field. For example, both left fielder Mark Kanha and (especially) a right fielder Starling Mart They have experience in center field, so they can move to center if Nimmo needs a day off or a trip to IL, with Pham next in left field and Marte/Canha covering the other two holes in the outfield.

Mets is also 24 years old Khalil Lee As an ace he can fill all three spots, though he has a minor league option remaining. Pham’s addition creates the possibility of Lee being sent to Triple-A Syracuse for his regular playing time—a luxury the team may not have previously been able to afford. Previously, all of the Mets’ only players on the 40-man roster were expected to be on the big league roster as well, so the added depth fills an obvious need.

On top of Pham’s $6 million, the Mets owe a 90% luxury tax of $5.4 million, which would make the total signing tab $11.4 million. New York’s projected net salary for the 2023 season jumps to just over $356 million, with about $374 million in luxury tax considerations on the books. That puts them at the top of the luxury class and sets the stage for the Mets to be a payer for the third time in the 2024 season, which means they owe a steeper 110% tax on every dollar spent over the cap. Owner Steve Cohen has shown little interest in such penalties, however, and the Pham’s luxury success would be a relative drop in the pack compared to the amount the Mets were planning to pay. Carlos Correa Before concerns about his medical services marred a 12-year deal between the two parties.

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