Peter Alonso’s agents upset client won’t be promoted to majors this year

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Mets first base prospect Peter Alonso, currently rated the No. 2 prospect in the organization and No. 61 in baseball by MLB Pipeline, won’t be called up this season, assistant GM John Ricco said on Tuesday, per James Wagner of the New York Times.

Alonso’s agents, Adam Karon and Tripper Johnson, weren’t happy with the news. They said on Tuesday, per Wagner, “It is disheartening for Peter after producing an historically great season and exceeding every request from the Mets player development staff. I’m sure it is equally disheartening for Mets fans who would enjoy watching and getting to know one of the more talented and entertaining players they’ve developed in years.”

Alonso, 23, began the year with Double-A Binghamton, hitting .314/.440/.573 with 15 home runs and 52 RBI in 273 plate appearances. He earned a promotion to Triple-A Las Vegas in mid-June. There, he hit .241/.346/.548 with 18 home runs and 59 RBI in 269 plate appearances.

The Mets have been playing Wilmer Flores at first base for most of the year. Flores is a middle infielder by trade and only played sparingly at first base in recent years before taking over the position full-time after the Mets jettisoned Adrián González. It doesn’t make much sense not to at least give Alonso a cup of coffee when rosters expand in September. Flores, potentially a free agent after the 2019 season, can’t be the club’s long-term solution at first base.

Brian Cashman signs 4-year contract to remain Yankees GM

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SAN DIEGO — Brian Cashman has signed a four-year contract to remain the New York Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager. The announcement was made during the first day of baseball’s Winter Meetings.

Cashman, New York’s GM since 1998, had been working on a handshake agreement since early November, when his five-year contract expired.

The Yankees were swept by four games in the AL Championship Series and haven’t reached the World Series since winning in 2009. It is the franchise’s longest title drought since an 18-year gap between 1978-96.

Cashman’s main goal during the offseason is trying to re-sign AL MVP Aaron Judge.

Judge hit an American League-record 62 homers this season with a .311 batting average and 131 RBIs. He turned down the Yankees’ offer on the eve of opening day of a seven-year contract that would have paid $213.5 million from 2023-29.

While Judge remains on the market, Cashman was able to re-sign Anthony Rizzo on Nov. 15 to a two-year contract worth $40 million after turning down a $16 million player option.

Cashman has been the Yankees general manager since 1998. He has been with the organization since 1986, when he was a 19-year old intern in the scouting department. In his 25 seasons as GM, the Yankees have reached the postseason 21 times, including four World Series championships and six American League titles.