MLB Rumors: Rival GMs Expect Pete Alonso Trade: Top 3 Landing Spots

Should they or shouldn't they? The New York Mets have possibly the biggest trade chip in baseball come the July 30th deadline—if they so choose to trade slugging first baseman and face of the franchise, Pete Alonso. 

The playoffs seem like a pipe dream at this point for the Metropolitans, mired at 8 games under .500. Do they trade Alonso or risk losing him for nothing to free agency? 

According to MLB Insider Jeff Passan, it sounds like the Mets are very open to dealing the Polar Bear. "Multiple general managers said they expect new president of baseball operations David Stearns to trade the All-Star first baseman," wrote Passan.

The top suggested landing spots are as follows:

Chicago Cubs

The Cubs are far and away the frontrunner from all accounts. Although they've pulled out a couple of wins this week over their woeful crosstown rivals the White Sox, they are five games back of the Milwaukee Brewers and are desperate to improve their offense. They are 16th in baseball in home runs and 20th in OPS. 

Houston Astros

With Jose Abreu completely falling off a cliff, and even recently spending time in the minor leagues, the Astros sit dead last in OPS in the major leagues at first base at .541. Sure, they're currently seven games back of the Seattle Mariners for top spot in the AL West, but as Passan notes, "Most front offices don't think the Astros will wind up subtracting;... They could add." And there's no bigger splash they could make and to add one of the top sluggers, and all of Baseball at a position where they are the weakest. 

Seattle Mariners

The M's do lead the AL West, but their offense is still 26th in baseball in OPS. One major injury to their vaunted pitching staff could take their chances of hanging on to the division lead. They've been looking for a boost at the plate, all season long, and Alonso would certainly be it. 

So what do we think? Is Pete's time in New York coming to an end? 

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