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Jul 12, 2021; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso hits during the 2021 MLB Home Run Derby. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 12, 2021; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso hits during the 2021 MLB Home Run Derby. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
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ATLANTA, GEORGIA – JUNE 18: Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves rounds third base after hitting a solo homer in the ninth inning against the New York Mets on June 18, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – JUNE 18: Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves rounds third base after hitting a solo homer in the ninth inning against the New York Mets on June 18, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Mets iteration 2: Buy a first baseman

This offseason, it might make sense for the Mets to buy a first baseman. One name that should come to mind for everyone with this belief is Freddie Freeman. He’s a likable guy who is in the final year of an eight-year, $135 million contract with Mets foe, Atlanta. He’s only 31 and has a career batting average of .294.

If Freeman goes to free agency, the Mets could purchase him and throw him at first base, Dom Smith back in left field, and DH Alonso. It’s so simple.

There are plenty of other options the Mets could take a shot at. Anthony Rizzo, who was just traded from the Cubs to the Yankees for the rest of the year, comes to mind. Rizzo is 32 years old and would rejoin his former teammate Javier Báez, assuming Báez re-signs. San Francisco’s Brandon Belt (34) could also be a solid option.

Of these options, getting Freeman would be an absolute steal. He would light a spark through the whole offense. Can you imagine having Pete Alonso, Francisco Lindor, Dom Smith, elite on-baseman Brandon Nimmo, contact genius Jeff McNeil, JD Davis, and Freddie Freeman on one team? New York would explode.

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