New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso is figuring to be a popular name in the Chicago Cubs rumor mill this winter.
The rumors regarding the Cubs' interest in Alonso started also immediately after the regular season concluded and while the Cubs and Mets did have preliminary discussions at the Major League Baseball Trade Deadline last season, that does not mean that it is a certainty that a trade occurs this off-season.
Bruce Levine of 670 The Score has been the first reported to beat drum in regard to the Cubs' interest in Alonso but the rumors gained more steam on Tuesday. ESPN's Jesse Rogers joined the Kap & J Hood show on ESPN 1000 and not only confirmed that the Cubs are interested in trading for Alonso but added that Alonso has expressed interest in joining the Cubs.
The idea of Alonso wanting to join the Cubs is no small detail. The fact of the matter is that if the Cubs are able to work out a deal with the Mets in order to get Alonso, the deal is likely going to involve one of the Cubs' top outfield prospects in Kevin Alcantara or Owen Caissie. For the Cubs, it would seem unlikely that they would be willing to part with Alcantara or Caissie without the assurance that Alonso would sign an extension.
From an offensive perspective, Alonso is everything that the Cubs need offensively. Alonso has totaled at least 35 home runs in each of his first 6 seasons at the Major League level with only exception being the shortened 2020 season when he had 16. With no long-term solution in place for the Cubs at the first base position, it certainly would make sense that Alonso is high on their priority list this off-season.