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Mets have already improved in these five areas from last season

By Jason Dye
SEATTLE, WA - JULY 24: Edwin Diaz #39 reacts after giving up a run to score Steven Duggar #6 of the San Francisco Giants scores off a throwing error by Dee Gordon #9 of the Seattle Mariners in the ninth inning to win the game 4-3 during their game at Safeco Field on July 24, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JULY 24: Edwin Diaz #39 reacts after giving up a run to score Steven Duggar #6 of the San Francisco Giants scores off a throwing error by Dee Gordon #9 of the Seattle Mariners in the ninth inning to win the game 4-3 during their game at Safeco Field on July 24, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /
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3. Not Ignoring Alonso’s Potential to Impact the Lineup

Peter Alonso forced the baseball world to take notice of him in 2018, as he simply raked. 36 HR, 119 RBI, and a .975 OPS in 136 games between AA and AAA. The 24-year-old exit velocity monster has climbed the ranks from a lesser known prospect to now being the top-rated first base prospect in baseball.

All Alonso has done is mash at every level. He homered in the Futures Game and had 27 RBI in 27 AFL games this fall while slugging .510. No, none of these stops are the majors, but that’s partly the point.

Last season the Mets brass refused to consider bringing Alonso up, even in September. There was talk about Alonso’s glove not being ready at first base and, of course, there is the ever-present need for clubs to manipulate the service time of prized prospects, but why not see what the young slugger is all about at the highest level?

If the team had called Alonso up and got a good look at him against MLB pitchers under the bright lights and big crowds then this offseason could have had some of its lingering questions answered before going into it.

Regardless of what strategy was best to take at that time, Van Wagenen has made it quite clear that Alonso will get every chance to compete at first base for the big club this spring and moving Jay Bruce to the Mariners also shows a commitment to Alonso on a certain level.

With Bruce no longer an obstacle on Alonso’s path to the majors, the only thing that stands between him and the starting first baseman job for the Mets this season is a solid spring training. And perhaps service time. Oh, and Todd Frazier too.

The first base situation should work itself out, but Alonso’s power is real and I believe it will translate to the next level. If so, the Mets lineup will be all the stronger because of it, as Alonso’s call up is no longer off the table and is actually part of the plan if all goes well.

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