WFAN has turned into much less of a local New York sports radio station and more like an episode of any number of shows on ESPN. Uninformed, illogical, and centered on hot takes to induce ratings, the latest one about the New York Mets is a new level of awful.
You can use the dull end of a scalpel and see what’s wrong here. The idea of trading Pete Alonso itself is flawed, but at least understandable if he’s asking for an outrageous dollar amount in an extension and/or the Mets receive a godfather offer. You don’t trade Alonso just to make another player better, especially when there is no basis for it happening as a result.
Subtracting one of the best Mets players won’t do a thing to make another better
WFAN hosts have been on a losing streak with their Mets takes all offseason. It’s one thing to criticize. It’s something else to suggest Brandon Nimmo is such a great leader and the only thing holding him back is the presence of another one of the team’s leaders. This isn’t Game of Thrones.
Sal Licata, the actual Mets fan on a show shared with someone who roots for the Yankees, was the one who surprisingly delivered this take. In clearing it up, his theme seems to be that the Mets don’t have a clear leader.
Again, this is flawed thinking. Were the 1986 Mets held back by having Keith Hernandez and Gary Carter? Captains are unnecessary in baseball anyway. Plus, with the structure of the Mets roster, the immediate thinking should come back to the team needing to trade Francisco Lindor as well. He’s a leader, too. Get rid of him and Alonso. That’ll improve the Mets. Nimmo becomes a legend.
The timing of this Hall of Sludge take comes only days after Nimmo spoke highly of Alonso. While he wasn’t going to roast the slugger, speaking this highly of Alonso and being inauthentic about it would’ve shown. What’s more, it’s a bad look for a leader to come across this candid in regards to something he doesn’t believe.
Mets fans don’t need to be convinced that the idea of trading Alonso is a bad one. Unless there is chaos behind the scenes—which we know if there was, someone would’ve reported it—this rationale is bad as it gets.