Pete Alonso has played himself into quite the predicament.
The 24-year-old New York Mets prospect
.@Pete_Alonso20 is raking. — New York Mets (@Mets) March 11, 2019
He leads all #SpringTraining batters with a 1.296 OPS, is second in batting average (.414) and slugging percentage (.828) and tied for fourth in on-base percentage (.469). #MetsFacts pic.twitter.com/1hox8MqxG8
The division is simply loaded this year. Bryce Harper signing with the Philadelphia Phillies gives them a chance to be a super team. While Harper seemingly left a gaping hole in Washington, the Nationals have been able to add multiple quality players in free agency to go along with their top-quality pitching. If the Mets hope to compete with these two formidable opponents, as well as the defending division champion Braves, they will need to bring their best lineup to the ballpark for all 162 games.
To figure out what to do, the Mets need to take a long look in the mirror. While playing Alonso would certainly help them compete, is it really worth losing an entire year of club control for a mere dozen contests? If the Mets truly believe that their club has a shot at the playoffs, then they should go all in and keep Alonso on the MLB roster.
I disagree with this, and not only because of the obvious "service-time manipulation is bad" argument. The Mets are a win-now team. One game with anything less than your best possible lineup can be the difference between the playoffs and not. No reason to worry about 2025 now. https://t.co/0lpXhy3ib6— Jared Diamond (@jareddiamond) March 10, 2019
With Alonso on the big league roster for the entire year and a healthy pitching staff, the Mets will have a chance to compete in 2019. But if either of those two things does not happen, the Mets players will likely once again be watching October baseball from their couches