1 reason why the Mets will end up extending Pete Alonso, 3 reasons they won't

Will the Mets end up extending their big power bat?

Sep 3, 2023; New York City, New York, USA;  New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a two
Sep 3, 2023; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a two / Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
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The Mets won't extend Pete Alonso because he'll get traded at the deadline

Anyone else have growing doubts about the Mets as a whole next year? They're set up so much better to make a bunch of trades yet again. None would be bigger than dealing away Alonso.

The possibility of an offseason trade remains, but a midseason deal of the team fails to contend is a guarantee. You don’t hang onto your best trade asset through the end of a meaningless season.

If this ugly scenario takes place, the possibility of a reunion in free agency exists. Those things do happen, but a taste of a different environment may only lead Alonso toward seeking out options elsewhere. By then, the Mets may have already turned their attention elsewhere.

This scenario can only happen if the team goes through another midseason sell-off. It’s good news for fans hoping to see Alonso remain. The expanded MLB playoffs at least give the team a better shot at sneaking in with a Wild Card. As underwhelming as the offseason has been for them thus far, they’re not going into the year with expectations of finishing with one of the worst records in the game—at least not yet.