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New York Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has made the team’s Opening Day roster after an outstanding performance during spring training this year.
There was widespread speculation that the Mets might have Alonso, 24, start 2019 in the minors to limit his major league service time.
Jacob deGrom’s $137.5 million deal with the Mets was finalized during a session that lasted about nine hours at the airport in Sarasota, Florida, and required new GM Brodie Van Wagenen to make a 7-Eleven run for taquitos and mini-tacos.
But Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen confirmed Wednesday that Alonso and fellow first baseman Dominic Smith both will be on the 25-man roster for Thursday’s season opener against the Washington Nationals.
“He showed us, and he certainly showed his teammates, that … he earned it,” Van Wagenen said of Alonso.
As for whether the team was tempted to have Alonso start the season in the minors, the GM added: “I do want to focus on winning games. Let’s win as many as we can, as early as we can in the season. And I’m not of the mindset that we should be sacrificing the best product