Mets: Three areas Brodie Van Wagenen must address at the Winter Meetings

Tim Boyle
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Add A Right-Handed Bat

How badly do the Mets need a right-handed bat? If you listen to Mike Francesa on WFAN, it’s nearly all he knows about the team.

The Mets are missing Yoenis Cespedes for a large chunk of 2019 so to make up for it, Van Wagenen needs to find someone with a power stroke from the right side. Todd Frazier could always rebound. We may also see Peter Alonso get off to a hot starter. Can we really count on either, though?

The two positions with openings at the moment are center field and catcher. If the Mets add at either, both should have the capacity to hit from the right side. Whether strictly a righty or a switch-hitting, this lineup needs a little more balancing out.

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A.J. Pollock is the name mentioned in Mets rumors, however, there are other outfielders out there they could consider. Adam Jones and Andrew McCutchen have their own warts. While each has put together better careers than Pollock, their days as a center fielder is near the end.

Behind the plate, it would be nice to see the team add either Yasmani Grandal or Wilson Ramos. J.T. Realmuto sounds like he’d cost far too much than the team should pay. I’ve already moved on from seeing him anywhere near Flushing other than the visitor’s locker room in 2019.

We could still see the Mets get more creative and add in some other way. I’m not quite sure which names on the trade market they could find are available. I have no doubt Van Wagenen will do his homework and come away with at least one right-handed stick before leaving Las Vegas.