Pete Alonso and 3 other players the Mets could trade before the deadline

The New York Mets are struggling and might have to consider selling some serious pieces at the MLB Trade Deadline.

It has been an awful first few months of the MLB season for the New York Mets, as they’ve now fallen to 21-27. Many fans still hope to see their team turn it around, but the players are making the new leadership regime consider cleaning house. The trade deadline will be here before we know it; And if the Mets continue to spiral out of contention, some players might be out of Queens by then.

New York owner Steven Cohen hired David Stearns over the offseason to build a perennial contender. In his first offseason, the new Mets POBO brought in a ton of veteran players on short-term deals. He also inherited a few tradable players.

Cohen isn’t afraid to move on from stars either, as we’ve seen them deal Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer just last season. While doing so, New York flipped the script on a struggling farm system with the prospects they got. If the Mets keep headed south in the standings this season, it would only make sense to see them continue to build up the farm system. Here are a few players on the current roster that would bring back the best returns:

4. Pete Alonso

One of the game’s very best power hitters could become available at the trade deadline this season. As shocking as it seems, the Mets fan favorite might be in a different uniform for the second half of the season. Even though he’s struggled with New York recently, playoff-contending teams would do almost anything for a slugger like Pete Alonso.

The 29-year-old has played his entire career with the Mets and has cemented himself as one of the franchise greats. Trading him would be a blow for many fans, but it could be best for the team. It wouldn’t be the first time Cohen let a franchise favorite play in a different uniform. The majority of Mets fans believed Jacob deGrom would be in orange and blue for his entire career, but obviously, that didn’t occur.

Alonso would bring in a massive return if the Mets traded him at the 2024 deadline. Besides the shortened 2020 season, the Florida native hit more than 37 HRs every season he’s played. There is no doubt that he’s one of the very best power hitters in the sport.

A ton of teams would love to have him in a playoff race. Teams like the Tampa Bay Rays, Chicago Cubs, and Milwaukee Brewers make sense as destinations for Alonso. As long as those teams stay in the race, they could certainly use a bat like Alonso in the middle of their lineup.

As much as Alonso in another uniform seems odd, it’s becoming more and more realistic each week. A recent report from Joel Sherman suggested the three-time All-Star turned a contract down from the Mets.

New York can easily turn things around, and Alonso could finish the season in the Big Apple. With the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies in the National League East, it makes the path to success a tough one. If the Mets continue to spiral out of the race, then Alonso could very well end up on the trade block.

3. Reed Garrett

One of the surprises of the 2024 season is the 31-year-old reliever Reed Garrett. Not only is he one of the best relief pitchers in the game right now, but he also has multiple years of team control. The Mets took a gamble on him last season after acquiring him off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles, but it panned out big time.

Through 25.0 innings of work this season, Garrett has posted an eye-popping 0.72 ERA. He’s also struck out 41 batters across that span, giving him the fourth-best K/9 among relievers in MLB right now. And the best part is he won’t be a free agent until 2030.

In his previous MLB stints, the journeyman hasn’t had much success. From 2019-2023, the right-hander posted a 7.11 ERA across 31 games. As great as he’s been this season, it’d be tough to bet this isn’t a fluke.

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