Top 4 First Basemen On Free Agent Market and/or Trade Deadline

Of course, Pete Alonso is the big name that observers are expecting on the free agent market this offseason, and at the trade deadline, as he will not be signing an extension with the New York Mets before season's end (his agent is Scott Boras, so that's a certainty). 

But his $200 million-dollar-plus price tag could scare off (or simply limit) the number of suitors. But fear not for teams looking for a first baseman on the market, as there are three other legitimate 1B bats who will be free agents (and quite possibly, trade bait at the deadline next month depending on how things break for those teams):

  1. Pete Alonso, New York Mets
  2. Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis Cardinals
  3. Christian Walker, Arizona Diamondbacks
  4. Rhys Hoskins, Milwaukee Brewers

In the case of Alonso, there's likely to be just three to four suitors at that kind of money, and we've outlined those here, as the same teams who will shoot for him at the trade deadline as well. 

Goldschmidt is not having the best season, and will be 37 by the end of the 2024 campaign, so he won't garner the greatest return. But he is on a little bit of a run, with a hit in all nine games this month, though his average and OPS haven't budged much. And let's not forget he's only two years removed from an MVP season, when he blasted 35 homers with 115 RBIs and a .981 OPS.

Walker is having another tremendous season in Arizona, following two straight Gold Glove campaigns with 30+ HRs each season, he's on pace once again with 12 homers and 41 RBIs. Whether the D-Backs pivot to selling at the deadline is unknown, but he could fetch a huge haul if they feel they are out of it for 2024. 

Hoskins is having a pretty nice comeback season  after missing all of 2023. He currently has 10 homers and 28 RBIs with a 119 OPS+ with the Milwaukee Brewers. The team is in 1st place and he will not be traded at the deadline, but is setting himself up for a nice payday in free agency. 

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