The speedy outfielder isn’t hitting and what he does do well is something the Mets can afford to sacrifice. Broxton is a plus-defender and a good base runner. These are attributes that work well in the right situation. Right now, he’s just a weaker version of a man they already have: Juan Lagares.
There are several reasons why Broxton may not get the boot. First, he’s out of minor league options. The Mets would need to first designate him for assignment then allow him to go through the waiver process. If unclaimed, they can reassign him to the minor leagues. It’s very likely a team would claim Broxton, making the trade the Mets made for him over the winter look like an absolute failure.
The season is a little too young for us to expect the franchise to admit to major mistakes like this. If after 81 games Broxton looked like a total bust, maybe then we would see them bite the bullet and risk losing him for nothing at all.
Broxton is probably the least deserving player on the roster right now among all position players. Unfortunately, he’s also one the team might be stuck with for the remainder of the year.
It’s astonishing that the Mets gave up three players for this one guy. Even if they don’t do anything in their professional baseball careers, you have to question the move. The Mets could have another player on the roster right now who can actually hit. Instead, we have Broxton slumping through the first few weeks.