Mets: Will the Peter Alonso, Jeff McNeil bromance end before Flushing?


No one in the New York Mets organization looks safe from trade. Could this lead to a possible end to the Peter Alonso and Jeff McNeil bromance before it reaches Citi Field?

Down in the minor leagues this past season, a bromance bloomed between New York Mets farmhands Peter Alonso and Jeff McNeil. Each had breakout seasons in Double-A which continued into Triple-A. Although Alonso was already regarded as a high-ranking prospect, few saw him putting together such a thunderous campaign.

The two are clearly friends and to see them play beside each other at Citi Field would make many Mets fans happy. Alonso has the potential to set a new Mets home run record while McNeil could continue to develop into one of the best contact hitters in the game.

My fear is that this bromance ends before it reaches Flushing. McNeil was already mentioned in trade rumors before the team finalized a deal with the Seattle Mariners. I worry that he, or even Alonso, may end up dealt this winter thus ending the dream.

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I understand many aren’t as high on McNeil as I may be. The 2018 season stands out from the rest of his career. If it means adding a player at another position to improve the team, I understand why trading him would be palatable.

It’s unlikely the Mets do trade Alonso, however, I wouldn’t exactly be shocked if they did. The big knock on him is how poorly he plays defense at first base. He seems bound to become a DH at some point in his career. Could it be sooner rather than later?

The Mets will run into a logjam at some point in 2019. Robinson Cano’s presence means McNeil (or even Cano) will play out of position. We could see one move to first base. Third baseman Todd Frazier is another option, but this would only put two men out of position. Plus, Frazier is an above average defender at the hot corner.

Trade rumors are flying over the last two weeks and every name seems to be mentioned. Noah Syndergaard will only get dealt if the right deal comes around. The Miami Marlins are holding J.T. Realmuto hostage if the Mets give up one and most likely two of the trio of Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, and Amed Rosario.

Alonso’s name hasn’t been mentioned in trade rumors, but neither was Jarred Kelenic or Justin Dunn before they were moved to Seattle.

I’ve found trade rumors are often the ones that don’t come true. It’s those that come at us fast like the violence in a Spaghetti Western we need to worry about.

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I don’t believe the organization will trade Alonso without knowing what he can actually do. As for McNeil, I’d suggest holding off on buying a jersey just yet.