This offseason has gone very well for the New York Mets this winter. However, adding any of these underappreciated free agents could improve them even further.
The New York Mets have done everything right so far this offseason.
They have addressed their needs by acquiring Edwin Diaz and Jeurys Familia to bolster their bullpen, signing Wilson Ramos to fix their unfortunate catching situation, acquiring Rajai Davis to give them depth in the outfield, and trading for Robinson Cano to strengthen their lineup.
The Mets are on the right track to making themselves a force to be reckoned with in the very strong NL East and newly hired GM Brodie Van Wagenen has shown that, unlike his predecessors, he is not afraid to do whatever it takes to make his team as good as it can be.
However, there are a few areas they should continue to work on in order to truly become contenders in 2019.
They should focus on strengthening their bullpen even further and investing in another outfielder, particularly a center fielder, but they do not need to devote many resources to do so, as there are many under-the-radar free agents who could get the job done for them.
Here is a list of the ten best free agents the Mets can sign for cheap that would help them in their quest to take the East.
10. Denard Span– OF; 34 years old
When Denard Span was traded from the Tampa Bay Rays to the Seattle Mariners in 2018, he was not expected to have much of an impact on the team but ended up becoming a pleasant surprise.
In Seattle, he slashed .272/.329/.435 and posted an OPS of .765. He is also a valuable asset to have in any lineup because of his slash line against left-handed pitchers: .302/.388/.442.
Span has always boasted a high OBP. Because of this, he has been valued as an outstanding lead-off hitter.
The Mets have a wonderful lead-off hitter in Brandon Nimmo and that is something they would not have to change if they do sign Span.
Teams such as the Mets’ cross-town rivals, the New York Yankees, have had excellent lead-off hitters bat at the bottom of the order because, many times, they are followed by the team’s 1,2, and 3-hitters.
Span has never been known for his defense but the Mets do need a center fielder and could use his veteran leadership as well as his offense.