The Mets won't extend Pete Alonso because they'd rather spend on other positions than first base
Next year’s free agent class features some big stars. Among the position players, none will be larger than Juan Soto. Can we expect the Mets to add him on a $400+ million deal and pay Alonso around $200 million? This doesn’t even include all of the pitching they’ll need to even have a team capable of contending.
Exactly what will the Mets prioritize next year? First base can be an iffy position considering how effective it can be to plug an aging outfielder at. It’s a spot where a young player who can hit but can’t field may find himself moved to. Hey, the Mets have a few third basemen like this!
Would signing Soto and letting Alonso leave be an acceptable outcome for Mets fans? It’s hard to argue the team is better with Alonso than Soto. Equally as difficult is to believe they’ll land both star players. For as much as Cohen has spent, the wealth has been spread around. Most of the contracts have been shorter. Two more big contracts for more than five seasons would be a welcomed change, but where does this leave the rest of the team?
Thinking about the types of teams Stearns had in Milwaukee, the offense was rarely built around the first baseman. Is this just the situation he found himself in or a philosophy?
It’s going to be a long wait before the Alonso contract situation comes to a conclusion. With no extension in sight, prepare for every single scenario.