New York Mets’ Pete Alonso to Battle Massive Expectations? Pressure Builds Amidst Impending Free Agency

Published 02/08/2024, 9:30 AM EST

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Uncertainty at the time of spring training blooming does not sit well. Well, that’s the case for the New York Mets for whom a shadow of obscurity looms over the team’s most ferocious slugger. Yes, it is Pete Alonso

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Well, with contract negotiations stalling and free agency coming into view, one question arises. Will Alonso be able to handle the pressure of playing out the season with his future unstable? Though the Mets president David Stearns has expressed confidence in the slugger’s ability to handle pressure, it is not the same this time.

Can Pete Alonso Handle the Mounting Pressure?

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It has been established time and time again that playing for a lucrative contract carries a different kind of weight. On one hand, hitting a home run with the bases loaded does display great power. On the other, handling the insanity of pressure can go either way. An example that comes to mind is Michael Conforto who struggled in similar situations. While Brandon Nimmo thrived.

Remaining tight-lipped about his contract requirements is Alonso’s way of handling this situation. He has been politely declining to comment about that by deflecting questions with statements about his love for the New York Mets. But one can’t turn a deaf ear to the chatter in the media along with fans’ conjecture. This sheds light on another aspect of uncertainty for the Mets. 

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While the Alonso saga unfurls, the Mets are faced with another important decision. How much trust to have on their young prospects, Brett Baty and Mark Vientos? Stearns speaks about the importance of providing opportunities. But but Baty’s inconsistent performance and Vientos’ on-base are too concerning to assume their immediate readiness. 

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The New York Mets Grapple With Multiple Uncertainties

Going back and forth between contemplating Alonso’s situation and assessing new prospects, there is yet another layer of complexity that comes by. It is Starling Marte’s uncertain form. No doubt, he had a stellar 2022, but his production dipped greatly last year due to his injuries. Moreover, his Dominican Winter League performance did not offer a truly positive signal either. Would it be wise for the Mets’s leadership to count on him regaining his spark?

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New York Mets’ DH Plans Set to Solve Pete Alonso Crisis? Superstar Slugger’s Queens Future in Doubt

Given the current situation, it might be that the upcoming season for the Mets would be a tightrope walk. Among multiple questions, the biggest one still stands as – Will Alonso maintain focus in the thick of contract pressure? Some of the key questions that the Mets are looking for an answer for, will not just determine the Mets’ success on the field, but also construct their future for the upcoming years. 

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Kanishka Prakash

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