September 28, 2022
Chris Bassitt and Mets finally reach deal for 2022

The right-hander avoided arbitration with the Mets, agreeing Saturday to an $8.65 million deal for this year, according to The Post’s Jon Heyman. The deal includes a mutual option for next season worth $19 million with a $150,000 buyout. The buyout will bring the total value of his 2022 contract to $8.8 million.

The Mets acquired the 33-year-old Bassitt from Oakland in March for J.T. Ginn and Adam Oller. The deal brought another high-end arm to a rotation that already had Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer.

“I didn’t want to go to trial,” Bassitt said after the Mets beat the Rockies 5-1 in Game 1 of a doubleheader. “I like everyone here and it was more so I think we have a really good relationship here and why even remotely try to mess with that?”

Bassitt has excelled over eight starts, pitching to a 2.77 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. His presence has increased in significance with deGrom and Scherzer both on the injured list.

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