Mets Jul 13, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; A detailed view of a New York Mets hat and glove in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves in the eighth inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets became the subject of a shocking development unearthed Saturday night. According to the New York Post, the Mets approached All-Star first baseman Pete Alonso last year about a contract extension worth nine figures.

But Alonso and his camp reportedly turned it down.

The New York Post‘s Joel Sherman published a fascinating look into Alonso and New York Yankees slugger Juan Soto, as the two superstars head into pivotal Winters. Soto appears to want to stay in New York and there’s obviously mutual interest there.

As far as Alonso, it apparently gets a little trickier. Sherman reported that the Mets, then led by Billy Eppler, approached the Home Run Derby champion about a seven-year extension worth $158 million. But according to Sherman, that wasn’t nearly enough.

“Alonso’s lead agent then, Adam Karon, had a policy when he represented the Mets first baseman not to talk to reporters about any negotiating details and refused comment when contacted. But I heard the Mets never got close to a deal,” Sherman wrote. “And, without that extension and with the Mets underachieving into non-contention, the club did discuss Alonso in July trade talks, notably with the Cubs.”

There was some juice to ALonso and the Cubs last season, but that obviously never occurred. Still, it’s interesting to see it corroborated and interesting that the Mets and Alonso were apparently that far apart.

New York’s gone through a tumultuous downturn since their brilliant 2022 season. For some Mets fans, this is all too familiar. The MLB world had much to say about this shocking update.

[New York Post]

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