3 best free agent options for the Mets to replace Pete Alonso if he signs with another team

Pete Alonso alternatives in free agency aren't the greatest for the Mets.
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2) Rhys Hoskins

If Alonso’s defense ever drove you nuts, the idea of signing Rhys Hoskins will probably make you even more insane. The longtime Philadelphia Phillies first baseman found his way to the Milwaukee Brewers in the offseason. He introduced himself to Wisconsin by helping pummel the Mets in the first series of the season. This would definitely be a fascinating addition for the Mets considering how personal things got between Hoskins and Jeff McNeil. If Josh Donaldson and Gerrit Cole can co-exist on the New York Yankees roster, anyone can get along.

The longtime Mets foe has 9 home runs and 27 RBI to go with his .233/.340/.474 slash line. It’s not an incredible start to his tenure in Milwaukee nor is it a tragic one.

Hoskins would be as close to a replica of Alonso as the Mets can find in free agency. Much lighter on power and more of a regular victim of strikeouts, one asset he has regularly showed off in his career is a batter’s eye better than most. He led the league with 116 walks back in 2019. Of course, it did come with 173 strikeouts.

Some fans considered Hoskins as a DH solution for the Mets this past offseason. The contract the Brewers gave him obviously far exceeded what New York would pay. There is no guarantee he’ll even be available, though. Owed $18 million in each of the next two seasons on player options, his 2024 performance and a free agent class featuring Alonso among other first base choices could have him opting in.