Brandon Nimmo Shares Emotional Quote During Mets' Press Conference

Tyler Maher
Brandon Nimmo shared an emotional quote during his press conference after returning to the New York Mets.
Brandon Nimmo shared an emotional quote during his press conference after returning to the New York Mets. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The sad state of reality in MLB is when players go to free agency, most of them don't come back. A team can make a fair offer and still be outbid, as the Minnesota Twins just were with Carlos Correa.

Interestingly, both New York teams have had good luck retaining some of their big free agents this winter. The Yankees were able to keep Aaron Judge and Anthony Rizzo, while the Mets successfully brought back Edwin Diaz and Brandon Nimmo.

Nimmo, who had a press conference on Thursday to officially announce his new contract, is particularly fired up to be staying with New York.

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Nimmo won't have to think about his next contract for a while after inking an eight-year, $162 million deal to rejoin the Mets. Given that his new deal runs through his age-37 season, there's a good chance it's the last contract of his career and that he could retire with New York.

Regardless of how it turns out, Nimmo is staying with the only organization he's ever known. The Mets drafted him out of high school in the first round of the 2011 MLB Draft, and he's been with the club ever since. He debuted in 2016 and quickly emerged as one of the team's best outfielders, which he proved again in 2022 by leading the league in triples (7) and posting an OPS of at least .800 for the fourth time in his career.

While frequent injuries have often prevented him from realizing his full potential, New York clearly values him and views him as a key part of a team that is built to win the World Series. The front office showed its loyalty to him by giving him an expensive, long-term contract in spite of his health issues. Now it's up to him to help repay them with a championship.

With Nimmo, Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer and others, the Mets are expected to be title contenders in 2023 and beyond. New York is currently tied for the fourth-best World Series odds on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds (+1000).

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