Mets Rumors: All-Star To Be Traded, Say NL Execs

Word has been circulating about the New York Mets' trade talks at the deadline four weeks ago, and not only have we learned that the team was listening on offers for slugging first baseman Pete Alonso, but now it seems that a trade of the All-Star will likely happen this offseason.

According to baseball insider Bob Nightengale of USA Today, rival teams distinctly got that idea from talking to the Mets during trade discussions.

All-Star first baseman Pete Alonso is expected to be traded by the New York Mets this winter, several executives insist, after conversations with the Mets. 

The Mets have informed teams that anyone that isn’t under contract after 2024 will be available, and they have not come close to reaching a contract extension with Alonso in past years. He’s a free agent after the 2024 season. 

“The fact that they had every opportunity to sign this guy, and didn’t, speaks volumes about his future,’’ one National League general manager told Nightengale.  

Alonso will be entering his final year of arbitration in 2024, then is free to choose his future. But from the sounds of it, he doesn't want to go anywhere but the Big Apple:

"I love representing this organization... Being a Met is the only thing I know... I don't know what the future holds, but right now, I'm a Met and I love being a Met. I take in putting on the jersey every day and representing the city of New York."

Alonso made his third All-Star team this year, and is one round-tripper shy of joining the 40-HR club for the third time in his five-year career. He currently sits at 39 HR, 95 RBIs and an .846 OPS with an OPS+ of 130. 

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