New York Mets insider suggests team could use surprising strategy with top star Pete Alonso

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It seems that the New York Mets reportedly have confidence that even if they trade homegrown star Pete Alonso this summer they can bring him back to the team in MLB free agency.

Heading into the MLB games today, the Mets have lost eight of their last nine and are flying down the MLB standings. While the expectations were not high for this team after going bargain shopping this winter, much of the roster has performed worse than expected.

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That’s why it is unsurprising that the organization has been thrown into a ton of speculation about being sellers before the July 30 trade deadline. One player who is viewed as a top target of rival teams is first baseman Pete Alonso.

With him and the franchise no closer to working out a contract extension, it seems like a foregone conclusion that the team will test his value on the trade block before he tests his own value in free agency after the season. Earlier this week, SNY MLB insider Andy Martino added some new information to the Mets will-they-or-won’t they trade Alonso discourse.

Martino claims that entering the season new President of Baseball Operations David Stearns had no intention of trading the three-time All-Star and wanted him to be a part of the roster’s core going forward. However, with the season going down the tubes, the stance may have changed, although he would still like Alonso to be in Queens long-term.

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“There is a perception around the Mets that trading Alonso for a few months would not hurt their efforts to re-sign him as a free agent if they want to do so,” Martino wrote. “That can be tricky. But it’s also a problem for a later date.”

It will be interesting to see what the team does because the league insider also suggested landing “needle-moving” prospects was not a guarantee in a potential trade for Pete Alonso.

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