Insider Lists 7 Potential Landing Spots For Pete Alonso

The heart of the New York Mets, slugger Pete Alonso, is now 162 games away from unrestricted free agency. And from all signs, the hopes of him signing an extension before then are slim to none—with the emphasis on none. 

To be sure, Alonso loves it in New York, and the Mets feel the same way about him. But once a Scott Boras client reaches free agency, all bets are off.

With that, Jon Heyman of the New York Post decided to lay on us six potential landing spots for the hulking first baseman, should he not return to the Mets. 

Chicago Cubs: Here's a team that's known to like Alonso, and we also know that their first base situation is about as clear as mud heading into the 2024 season. Right now, Michael Busch and Patrick Wisdom are the first basemen on the roster, and the two of them playing a total of 18 games at the position in 2023.

San Francisco Giants: They would love to get their hands on a slugger like Alonso, however, playing in a pitcher's park that suppresses home runs is likely not where Pete wants to spend the rest of the years of his prime.

St. Louis Cardinals: 36-year-old Paul Goldschmidt will become a free agent after the 2024 season, and, despite being just two years removed from an MVP award, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Cardinals pursue a slugger like Alonzo, who is seven years younger.

Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Philadelphia Phillies: All of these teams love to pursue the big splashy names when they become available.

New York Yankees: Heyman paints this as unlikely, as the NY teams rarely try to poach a star from the other, though he proposed that if the Mets go after the Yankees' own big free agent next summer, Juan Soto, the Yanks could try to return the favor.

Alonso blasted 46 homers with 118 RBIs last season, his 3rd 40+ HR year in four full seasons in the majors. He's compiled a career 192 dingers already, with an .870 OPS and an OPS+ of 136.

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