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Mets: Keon Broxton’s best and worst case scenarios for 2019

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PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 23: Keon Broxton #23 of the Milwaukee Brewers makes a catch at the wall on a ball off the bat of Pablo Reyes #15 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the eighth inning during the game at PNC Park on September 23, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 23: Keon Broxton #23 of the Milwaukee Brewers makes a catch at the wall on a ball off the bat of Pablo Reyes #15 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the eighth inning during the game at PNC Park on September 23, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
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Worst Case Scenario

The worst case scenario for Broxton in 2019 is that it just does not work out.

Many are willing to give him the benefit of the doubt because he was pushed out in Milwaukee because of better options. So let’s say Broxton is the primary option in center field for the Mets but still only puts up the measly numbers of a sub .200 BA and a sub .300 OBP. That would be a problem for a team that’s relying on him to help out while one of their stars is sidelined.

The worst case is Broxton runs out of time to try and put the pieces together. At 28 years old Broxton is entering what many call the prime years of his career. Although someone like Broxton will always have suitors due to his good glove, he may never really be anything other than a late inning defensive replacement.

Another thing that can contribute to the worst case scenario is how good the guys the Mets gave away do. If Bobby Wahl goes out and has a solid 2019 for Milwaukee and the two prospects continue to develop in an upwards trend, all of a sudden the Mets could have given up 3 useful pieces for a good defensive outfielder that has no bat.

The Mets have also signed other outfielders to minor league deals such as Rajai Davis and Gregor Blanco. In other words, Broxton’s leash may not be very long and the Mets may not have much patience if he gets off to a slow start.

The Broxton trade will no doubt be a trade that many will talk about at some point next season, but the question is in which way will we be asking it.

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