The New York Yankees’ infield is crowded at the moment. The competition for infield positions amongst the current and younger groups has scaled to new heights. Just last spring training, fans witnessed regular shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa lose his position to a rookie named Anthony Volpe.
Not only that, a new competition kicked off between prospect Oswald Peraza and Anthony Volpe for the shortstop role. To summarize, the Yankees have no space to accommodate any more infielders to the 40-man roster for the coming seasons. However, interestingly, a New York Mets loyalist has been linked to the team in a wild trade theory.
Pete Alonso Likely To Jump Ships From New York Mets!
First baseman Pete Alonso has been with the New York Mets for seven years now since they drafted him in 2016. Over the years, Alonso has been their leading hitter, and barring the Covid hit season, he finished each year with 30+ home runs. In 2023, he hit .217 with 46 homers and .821 OPS. Undoubtedly, the baseman remains the Mets’ biggest asset. However, with the Mets overhauling the leadership group in the wake of the 2023 lost season, Pete Alonso is becoming distant from the organization. Last season, rumors of Pete’s trade with the Brewers flared up. But the deal fell apart due to undisclosed reasons. Nonetheless, the trade negotiations suggested that even a power hitter like Pete Alonso is not immune to player swaps.
Amid raging rumors, Sal Licata told SNY TV that Pete Alonso does not necessarily wish to be a Met for life. If given a chance, he would love to jump ships to either the Chicago Cubs or the New York Yankees. While the rumor is subject to speculations, Alonso in the past said that he loves being a part of Steve Cohen’s organization. Being a Mets is the only thing he has known for life. However, with David Stearns taking over as president of baseball operations, power dynamics have witnessed a shift within the franchise. Stearns’ ideology differs from Mets’ traditional approach. And that shift has been evident in the team’s off-season shenanigans. Meanwhile, the Yankees wouldn’t mind signing Pete Alonso in the near future if given a chance. With Anthony Rizzo nearing the end of his career, there simply cannot be a better replacement than Alonso for the first base for the Bombers.
Yankees Emerge Leading Candidates For Marcus Stroman!
Conflicting rumors of the New York Yankees’ alleged interest in free agent Marcus Stroman continue to confuse fans. Earlier this week, Bob Nightengale claimed that Stroman approached the Yanks. But the latter refused to make an offer owing to the troubled past between the two parties.
However, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi believes that the Yankees and Stroman have had productive conversations over the past week. Not only that, Morosi listed the Bronx Bombers as leading suitors for Stroman. The former Cubs pitcher posted a 3.95 ERA in 25 starts in 2023 and bagged an All-Star appearance. However, his past beef with GM Brian Cashman is something the Yanks would resolve before signing off on a deal.