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Pete Alonso ‘not notably excited about’ free company as Mets slugger struggles in stroll 12 months

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What could be Pete Alonso’s closing season with the New York Mets has not precisely gone easily. The group has been up and down — 0-5 begin adopted by a 12-3 stretch, and now 5-10 since — and Alonso’s efficiency is nicely south of his typical output. His present 1 for 30 skid has dragged his season batting line all the way down to .205/.293/.417. He is hit eight house runs.

The season continues to be younger, after all, and historical past says Alonso will end the 12 months with 40-something house runs like he has in 4 of his 5 162-game seasons (he hit 37 homers the opposite 12 months). This is a crucial 12 months although, as a result of it’s Alonso’s free-agent 12 months. You solely must look throughout city at Aaron Decide to see how rewarding a power-filled stroll 12 months could be.

Alonso and the Mets have reportedly had contract extension talks over time, although clearly nothing got here collectively, and some weeks in the past new POBO David Stearns admitted Alonso reaching free company is “the almost definitely final result.” Whereas talking with The Athletic just lately, Alonso reiterated he loves the Mets and New York, although free company shouldn’t be on the entrance of his thoughts.

“I am not notably excited about that proper now.”

“I really like town I play in. I contemplate myself a New Yorker. I’ve an ideal relationship with guys on the group clearly. And I believe I’ve an ideal relationship with individuals within the entrance workplace and Steve as nicely. We’ll see what occurs this winter. It is a massive query mark. For me, proper now, I am simply specializing in doing what I can to assist us win each day.”

A fairly customary reply for a free agent-to-be, that’s. All of them love the group and metropolis. To be honest, it does appear real with Alonso, who has totally embraced the group and fan base. At the least from the skin, it does look like greater than pandering with Alonso, the group’s hottest participant. The game’s wealthiest proprietor letting the group’s most beloved participant depart could be a tough promote.

Love for the group solely goes thus far come contract negotiation time. There are causes for the Mets to increase Alonso and in addition causes for the Mets to keep away from extending Alonso, who turns 30 within the offseason and belongs to a demographic — righty-hitting, righty-throwing first basemen with restricted defensive worth — {that a}) would not usually age nicely, and b) would not receives a commission notably nicely.

Additional complicating issues is Scott Boras, Alonso’s agent, and a free-agent market that’s presently scheduled to be loaded with high-end expertise. Juan Soto, a superior hitter to Alonso and in addition 4 years youthful, will probably be a free agent and is, objectively, a greater use of the cash. Soto, Alex Bregman, and Corbin Burnes will all be free brokers and are all Scott Boras shoppers.

I don’t envy the Mets. Alonso is beloved and naturally they need to see him grow to be the franchise’s all-time house run king — Alonso is 52 behind Darryl Strawberry — and ultimately have his No. 20 retired. On the similar time, there are already some indicators of decline, notably in opposition to velocity. Steve Cohen can afford to hold a probably unhealthy contract although. Why ought to followers care?

All indicators level to Alonso turning into a free agent after the season and testing the waters, and I am certain the Mets will keep concerned within the bidding. How significantly? That continues to be to be seen. Alonso’s efficiency (and the group’s efficiency) between at times will definitely play a job in all this.

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