As previously stated, Gordon has been known as a good lead-off hitter and a speedster. A career .289 hitter, he has multiple 200 plus hit seasons under his belt, with his most recent coming in 2017 where he recorded 201 hits as a member of the Miami Marlins.
In that same season, Gordon logged 60 stolen bases, which is an area the Mets have struggled in over recent years. Just for comparison, while Gordon had 60 steals in 2017, in the 2018 season, the entire Mets team combined for just 71 steals.
Having a good leadoff hitter is crucial if New York wants to improve their offensive output from last season, and one that can routinely get himself into scoring position is all the better.
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Additionally, Gordon is versatile as a fielder. A former Gold Glove award winner at second base, Gordon also has experience playing at shortstop and in center field. The Mets have had a lot of issues keeping players on the field, either due to injury or inconsistent play, so having someone who can play several positions could be a valuable addition to the team.
With Yoenis Cespedes likely out until mid-season next year, Gordon could play center with Brandon Nimmo in right field and Jay Bruce at first, or he could start at second base and move Jeff McNeil to first base instead. The bottom line is a player like Gordon gives the Mets depth and options at multiple positions.
One of the main issues I have with Gordon as a hitter is that he doesn’t walk very often. In 2018, he had only 9 walks in 588 plate appearances. That can be overlooked if the player has a high batting average, which Gordon typically does, but last year it was below his career .289 average.
On the whole, last season was a statistically down year for Gordon. In 2018, he posted a .268 batting average with a .288 OBP. Comparatively, in 2017, Gordon’s batting average was .308 and with a .341 OBP. In addition to his lower batting average, Gordon also had far fewer stolen bases last season with a grand total of 30, only half as many as in 2017 where he had 60 steals.
Along with his issues at the plate last year, Gordon also had a few struggles in the field. In his first season playing center field, he committed five fielding errors, the fourth most in the American League, despite only playing in 53 games at the position. He also committed another 10 errors in 81 games at second base.
He is due to make $27.1 million over the next two years, which is a hefty price tag for a player who underperformed so drastically last season and may be a deterrent for a team like the Mets who could be interested in a trade.