The Mets announced that first baseman Peter Alonso will not be joining the team in September, despite mashing 33 home runs and driving in 112 runs between double and triple A and winning defensive player of the month honors. What do you think the reasoning is behind this?
A) Roster crunch. The Mets don’t want to add him to the 40-man roster and have to sacrifice another player.
B) Arbitration clock delay. The Mets plan for him to be their first baseman of the future, but want to hold off until June 1 next year to make him a super 2 candidate.
C) He’s trade bait. They don’t want to expose him and plan to maximize his trade value in the off-season as they plan to go with a Jay Bruce–Wilmer Flores platoon at first base next year and see Alonso as a future DH, a la Lucas Duda.
D) Bruce is the man. They don’t want to take playing time away from Bruce, who they are auditioning for next season as a full-time first baseman.