3 players whose 2024 performance can factor into how far the Mets go to sign Pete Alonso

The rise or fall of any of these three will weigh into the decision as to how far the Mets go to sign Pete Alonso long-term.
Sep 27, 2023; New York City, New York, USA;  New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) runs the
Sep 27, 2023; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) runs the / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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1) Mark Vientos

Nobody may push the Mets toward letting Alonso walk more than Mark Vientos. His rise to prominence as a major league player in 2024 will offer them a clear backup plan at first base. Unlikely to suddenly become an acceptable defensive player at third base, the next best situation is for him to master first base in whatever opportunities he may get.

The plan for Vientos in 2024 will have him starting at both infield spots with the majority of his at-bats coming as a DH. This is the year where the Mets will know for sure if he’s a member of their future going forward. Down to his final minor league option, they’re running out of time to kick the decision down the road.

A bad year from Vientos won’t make the Mets desperate to keep Alonso. A big year will make him a little easier to lose, depending a lot on how Godzilla-like the performance is. The Mets could conceivably have both on the team again next season with Alonso as the first baseman and Vientos continuing on as a corner infielder/primary DH.

We all expect the Mets to spend a lot more money next offseason. Beyond these three players who may end up replacing Alonso at first base, how some of the pitching prospects perform will factor into any major spending sprees, too. The Mets will need to replace virtually their entire pitching staff—again. They’ll allocate only so much money there as well as the offense.

In either case, those who want Alonso to stick around should hope for the best out of everyone. Anything short of Vientos winning the National League MVP will leave them room and reason to keep Alonso. Stearns committed the 2024 season to safeguarding the club from troubling contracts in 2025. All he’ll need is a reason to avoid any other long-term ones. Baty, Clifford, and Vientos can become a reason.

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