The Diamondbacks appear to be open for business, and according to Fancred Sports' Jon Heyman, that includes 1B Paul Goldschmidt.
With the Mets needing a solid everyday starter at first base, should GM Brodie Van Wagenen make a push for the 31-year-old veteran?
At the moment, the Mets do have a few options at first. Jay Bruce and Dominic Smith can both play the position on the current big league roster, with Bruce's injury history and the Mets testing Smith in the outfield, they don't look to be their first baseman of the future.
On the other hand, their top prospect in Peter Alonso could certainly be that man. He raked this past season, hitting .285/.395/.579 with 36 homers and 119 RBI over Double-A and Triple-A.
The biggest knock on Alonso is his defense, but Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen backed Alonso's defensive prowess, saying he has taken big leaps at the position. That's why he won't think about changing his position.
"Yeah, I don't see Alonso being in a situation we push him to the outfield right now," Van Wagenen told SNY's Andy Martino. "He gets a lot of criticism for his defense, but from what I've seen and talking to him and talking to the coaches in our development system, he has made tremendous strides and he's got as good a work ethic as any player we have in the organization. So I fully expect him to continue to be a good above-average first baseman as time goes on."
That is high praise from the new GM, but it is still unknown at this point what the Mets plan to do with the young slugger when the season rolls around.
As for Goldschmidt, he made his sixth straight All-Star Game in 2018 while hitting .290/.389/.533 with 33 home runs and 83 RBI. He has hit at least .290 with an OPS of at least .899 in each of the past six seasons with three top-three MVP finishes.