MLB Insider: 3 way-too-early MLB offseason trade candidates

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MLB rumors trade candidates offseason, Pete Alonso
Jul 28, 2023; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after hitting a two run home run against the Washington Nationals during the seventh inning at Citi Field. The home run was his second of the game. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /

The 2023 trade deadline offered some clues as to who could be available in the offseason. Here are three names to keep an eye on.

The MLB trade deadline offered clues into what the offseason could have in store, and the early indications are this winter could have much more excitement.

Let’s take a look at a few early trade candidates for the offseason who could be on the move when the MLB offseason rolls around.

MLB offseason trade candidate: Pete Alonso, New York Mets

Entering the season, Pete Alonso potentially being on the trade market was unimaginable. Then the Mets traded both Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander at the deadline and it was reported that the team also listened to inquiries for Alonso.

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While I cannot independently confirm those reports, team owner Steve Cohen and general manager Billy Eppler made it clear that the team was building for 2025-2026. Alonso is under contract for only one more season and extension talks have gone nowhere. So, listening to inquiries makes sense.

“Listen, we love Pete as a Met. He’s an integral part of the Mets. He’s still with us for another year. We hope we work things out. Even with (Brandon Nimmo), we worked things out in free agency. Hopefully, we get a few shots at the apple and try to figure it out.”

The Mets look ready to negotiate with Alonso on a monster extension. But if they can’t agree to terms … all bets are off.