Pete Alonso New York Mets Oct 8, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after hitting a solo home run against the San Diego Padres in the fifth inning during game two of the Wild Card series for the 2022 MLB Playoffs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The news of the Mets firing Buck Showalter after two seasons reportedly left star first baseman upset. With Pete Alonso poised to be a free agent after the 2024 season and entering his final year of arbitration, there could be possibilities Alonso sports a different uniform next year.

ESPN’s Jesse Rogers said on ESPN 1000 in Chicago that Alonso is “on the radar, there’s no doubt about it,” as it pertains to the Cubs. (h/t Bleacher Nation)

To add fuel to the fire, Rogers says Alonso wants to come to the Cubs as well.

This was on top of a Monday report from 670 The Score’s Bruce Levine, who said the team would do “everything they can for Pete Alonso from the Mets.”

While the Cubs also would welcome Alonso with open arms, that doesn’t appear to be the scenario on the Mets side. At least not yet.

Newly appointed president of baseball operations David Stearns, who was officially introduced to the media on Monday, said he expects Alonso will be their first baseman on Opening Day.

“Pete is a great player, he is also good in the clubhouse, and he is also homegrown,” Stearns said. “All of that matters. I know over the summer there was some trade speculation and I’ll just say, I expect Pete to be the Opening Day first baseman next year. Pete is an important member of this team, he’s an important member of this organization, and we’re really fortunate to have him.”

It’ll be an interesting winter.

[Bleacher Nation]

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