Mets add a center fielder
The one starting position we may see the Mets go after this winter is center field. They don’t have a true center fielder on the roster. And while Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo can offer them quality innings at the position, I think they will go after someone else.
The ceiling for this position is Mookie Betts with the floor looking something like re-signing Juan Lagares. Somewhere in the middle is a more realistic option, like Starling Marte of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
My prediction is the Mets will add a middle-of-the-road center fielder who hits right-handed. They will seek out a guy they could potentially platoon with Nimmo if he goes through a lengthy rough patch versus lefties.
A fatal error by the Mets last offseason was a hope that Lagares and Keon Broxton could patrol center field. The idea worked out poorly in large part because they were too similar.
Someone like Mallex Smith of the Seattle Mariners won’t get fans too excited because of his subpar bat. His speed, though, is something I wouldn’t mind seeing on the Mets’ bench and in 140 games a year as a pinch-runner and defensive replacement.
I don’t believe we’ll see the Mets pay big dollars or pull off a blockbuster trade for a center fielder. This doesn’t mean they’ll punt at the chance of acquiring a quality player for the position. Outfield depth is something they do need. If it’s a younger player, the better.
As long as the team does land a gifted player, I can consider this addition a victory.
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