The New York Mets do not expect to negotiate a long-term contract with slugger Pete Alonso before he tests free agency next offseason, according to president of baseball operations David Stearns. This expectation is based on Alonso's representation by agent Scott Boras, and the organization's familiarity with dealing with Boras. Alonso, who is 29 years old, is set to play on a one-year, $20.5 million arbitration deal this season and is likely to become a highly sought-after free agent next year. Stearns, having been hired from the Milwaukee Brewers, has not personally met with Alonso since taking the job.By the Numbers
- Alonso hit 46 home runs in 2023 and 40 in 2022, with a career slash line of .251/.342/.528.
- He has averaged 44 home runs and 116 RBI per season in his last four full seasons, playing in at least 152 games each season.
- Alonso is playing on a one-year, $20.5 million arbitration deal this season.
- His agent, Scott Boras, has mentioned a willingness to listen to offers from the Mets before next offseason.
It is likely that Alonso, with Boras as his agent, will enter free agency next year, where he is expected to be a highly coveted player.
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