Mets’ star first-baseman discusses what he hopes will happen at the trade deadline

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The New York Mets have turned things around. Just a few weeks ago, it seemed like the sky was falling, but now, the blue and orange have won seven games in a row to climb to just two games under .500 (35-37), and with a weak National League, are just 0.5 a game back of the final wild-card spot.

With the Mets’ recent success, questions have been raised about whether they will be buyers or sellers at this year’s trade deadline. While there is still plenty of time, and the team could falter, for the moment, it appears the blue and orange won’t be having a massive fire sale for the second year in a row.

One of the Mets’ most prized pieces at this year’s deadline discussed what he hopes will happen at the deadline.

Pete Alonso wants to stay in New York past the trade deadline

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“I hope so. I really do, because that means that we are playing good baseball. We are playing winning baseball. For me, this is a special place. I love the guys and the staff in the clubhouse. This is home. … If I don’t get traded, which I hope I don’t, it means we are playing winning baseball, we are clicking, and we are doing what we are supposed to be doing as a team. We are winning games,” Pete Alonso said. “It’s a really special place. I would like to stay. It’s a great city. It’s a great place to play. Yeah … this is my ninth year with this organization. I’ve grown up here. It’s just so many special things that have happened. Some of my best memories in life have been in New York.”

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The Mets could lose Alonso in free agency next offseason

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Alonso is set to be a free agent following the season and has had a down year for his standards, slashing .243/.322/.468 through 72 games with 15 home runs and 40 RBIs.

Time will tell what happens with the man nicknamed the Polar Bear, but the fan favorite, not wanting to leave, should give the Flushing Faithful hope that Steve Cohen and company may be able to lock up Alonso long-term.

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