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If you have been holding your breath waiting for the Mets to call up 23-year-old first baseman Peter Alonso, you should probably stop.
The Mets have no plans to bring Alonso to the majors this season "no matter what," Mets radio announcer Howie Rose said on Sunday night, citing a "pretty strong source" within the organization.
For now, Alonso remains with Binghamton, though a promotion to Triple-A would make sense.
Alonso is hitting .310/.441/.567 with 15 HR and 50 RBI in 62 games (210 at-bats) this season for Binghamton. He is a career .301/.390/.548 hitter with 38 HR between three minor league levels over three seasons (185 games).
It will be interesting to see if the Mets' line of thinking regarding Alonso changes if Smith struggles or gets injured. Beyond Smith, the Mets don't currently have anyone on the 25-man roster who can fill in as a regular at first base, though Wilmer Flores could be back soon.
Aside from Flores, another potential option at first base is Jay Bruce, who is hitting just .219/.299/.328 with three home runs and generally does not want to play the position.