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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1) Christian Walker

A two-time Gold Glove winner, Christian Walker has amazingly been around the league for ten seasons. It wasn’t until his age 28 campaign in 2019 when he began to see regular playing time with the Arizona Diamondbacks. “Balanced” is probably a good way to describe Walker. He’s averaging around a .250 batting average for his career with an OBP circling .330 and slugging percentage near .460—all subject to change based on this year’s performance.

Walker is a free agent at the end of the year and will embark as a nomad ahead of his age 34 season. Several years older than Alonso, Walker isn’t going to be awarded any sort of gigantic and long contract like the Polar Bear is looking for.

So far Walker has batted .262/.357/.455 in his first 227 plate appearances. Adding 10 home runs and 33 RBI along the way, he is well on his way to earning a fat contract in free agency.

Signing Walker would give the Mets a significant piece for the lineup while upgrading the defense. It would prove they plan to contend without eating up too much of the payroll. Walker could easily cost nearly as much as Alonso per year but with a far shorter number of seasons they’ll need to pay him. To think he was placed on waivers by three different teams in early 2017.