The New York Mets season has not gone to planned. However, Pete Alonso's season has. Which puts the Mets in a tricky situation. Due to the Mets underperforming, it forced them into a "retool" as they traded many of their star players at the 2023 trade deadline.
One star who was not traded was first baseman Pete Alonso. Alonso is regarded as not only one of the top first baseman, but one of the top players in the sport. Slashing .225/.327/.525 along with a whopping 41 home runs and 100 RBI, Alonso is setting himself up for quite the pay day.
Pete Alonso currently is playing under a 1-year $14.5 million contract. He's set to enter his final year of arbitration before becoming a unrestricted free agent. The Mets have a chance to lock up their star first baseman before he leaves for another club.
The question is, should they? Entering 2024, the Mets will likely develop top talent instead of shooting for the World Series. Adding on another big contract is not conventional to their situation. With Alonso being the face of the franchise, Steve Cohen and co. may not have a choice.