The ongoing MLB Lockout took its most disappointing turn on Monday with the official postponement of regular-season games. Unfortunately that won't be the only fallout from the current disagreement between the league and its players' union.
New York Mets slugging first baseman Pete Alonso is at the center of a potential issue with his service time, and a lengthy lockout could provide devastating effects to his future earning potential.
Pete Alonso Contract
The Mets placed Alonso on the Opening Day roster back in 2019, a move that was somewhat surprising by going against usual service time manipulation strategies. Service time is the amount of time that a player has been on an active MLB roster, and MLB players must reach six years before hitting unrestricted free agency and the big pay day that baseball offers its stars.
Alonso's service time hangs in the balance. He's currently set to hit unrestricted free agency at the end of 2024, and his 106 home runs and 249 RBIs in just three short years signifies he should garner a plump contract in free agency. But, that entire timeline could be pushed back a full year if the lockout lasts just 15 days into the month of April.
It's pretty disappointing to think 15 days has the ability to affect a full year of Alonso's earning potential. A three-year player with the Florida Gators, Alonso is already behind the career arcs of other MLB stars considering his age of 27. The one-time All-Star may have to wait until he's nearly 31 years old to hit this free-agency milestone.
The players' union is actively fighting for service time to be counted different because of the lockout year, but time will tell until a resolution is found.
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