Pete Alonso still sports a New York Mets uniform after much speculation around the trade deadline.
The star first baseman is signed through 2023 and remains under team control through 2024, so whatever happens after that remains unclear. And it looks to remain close to the chest according to Mets general manager Billy Eppler.
“While we understand the media and public interest in player contract situations, we strongly believe in keeping those conversations private,” Eppler told MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo. “Any circulating reports do not accurately reflect our conversations with Pete.”
There were reports circulating that Alonso was very closer to being acquired by the Milwaukee Brewers around the deadline, he was vocal about his love for the team and organization.
“I don’t know what the future holds, but right now, I’m a Met and I love being a Met,” Alonso said last month, . I take in putting on the jersey every day and representing the city of New York.”
Pete Alonso was asked about reports of the Brewers talking to the Mets about trading for him:
"I don't know what the future holds, but right now, I'm a Met and I love being a Met. I take in putting on the jersey every day and representing the city of New York." pic.twitter.com/0Sr1Q4ssSg
— SNY (@SNYtv) August 23, 2023
DiComo reported, citing sources, the Mets have at least been spoken to the three-time All-Star about a new deal, but nothing indicating anything is closely in the works.
Team owner Steve Cohen, who doesn’t shy away from spending money, said he hopes to begin negotiations once Alonso hits free agency.
“We love Pete as a Met,” Cohen said. “He’s an integral part of the Mets. He’s still with us for another year. Listen, we hope we work things out. Even with Brandon [Nimmo], we worked things out in free agency. Hopefully we’ll get a few shots at the apple and try to figure it out.”