The 2023 season was so disastrous for the New York Mets to the point where Pete Alonso rumors became a real thing at the deadline. What's worse is the Mets didn't say he's off the table. While it's certainly the smart thing to listen to any Alonso offer, the Mets trading their superstar away would be a horrible first move for David Stearns to make.
According to Jesse Rogers of ESPN, the Chicago Cubs are a team that will be inquiring on the soon-to-be free agent. Rogers also says Alonso would welcome a deal to Chicago and that'd make an extension more plausible.
We can debate as to whether Alonso actually wants to go to Chicago or not, but the Cubs calling the Mets and asking about Pete makes sense. The Mets should not be unwilling to move him as he could depart for nothing after the 2024 season, but they should only trade him for a kings ransom. When I say king's ransom, I mean an offer that'd have Mets fans on board. It'd take a ton.
Here are three Cubs players the Mets must demand if any Pete Alonso trade to the North Side were to ever come into fruition. It might even take all three to get something done.
1) NY Mets should demand Cubs outfielder Pete Crow-Armstrong
Wouldn't this be something? The Mets selected Pete Crow-Armstrong 19th overall in the 2020 MLB Draft but used him as the trade piece that sent Javier Baez and Trevor Williams to New York. While Baez and Williams played well, their stints were short and resulted in zero Mets playoff series wins. Crow-Armstrong on the other hand, has developed into one of the best prospects in baseball.
The 21-year-old is the Cubs top prospect and is ranked 12th overall on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 list. Had the Mets held onto him and decided to trade him now, they could've done a whole lot better than an expiring Javier Baez and a swingman.
The young outfielder is known primarily for his glove as he projects as a future potential Gold Glover in center field. His improvement offensively this season in the minors led to him being a September call-up but he struggled in his first big league action, going hitless in 14 at-bats with seven strikeouts.
While he might not be a star yet, Crow-Armstrong would fit in nicely in the Mets outfield that could use another member and would make Mets fans feel a lot better about the team giving him up in the first place.