New York Mets

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 19: Chris Bassitt #40 of the New York Mets pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals . during their game at Citi Field on May 19, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The New York Mets and starting pitcher Chris Bassitt agreed to a contract that will help the sides avoid an arbitration hearing on Monday.

The deal will pay Bassit $8.63 million for the rest of this season, and it could bring him a purse of $19 million in 2023 should he agree to stay next season. There is a $150,000 buyout that bring this year’s deal up to $8.8 million.

The deal shows a commitment by the Mets and Bassitt to work on a long term relationship.

Since acquiring him from the Oakland A’s in March, Bassitt has become a important cog in the Mets rotation pitching to a record of 4-2 with a 2.77 ERA in eight starts.