These five members of the New York Mets are in the most danger of getting traded this winter.
Last winter, the New York Mets did something they don’t do often in the offseason: trade players. Their recent history has included only minor swaps with most of their additions coming via free agency. If you look back at the last decade of the Mets, the majority of trades they made occurred in the middle of the season.
Brodie Van Wagenen changed this in the winter of 2018-2019. He started off with a big trade with the Seattle Mariners at the end of November. He added a few more pieces along the way with trades for guys like Keon Broxton and J.D. Davis. We also saw him move on from backup catcher Kevin Plawecki.
Although BVW probably won’t set a record for the most trades in an offseason, we could see the Mets move at least one guy. In my opinion, these five players are the most likely to change uniforms.
Only a year after stumbling upon J.D. Davis, would Brodie have the courage to trade him so soon? It has been speculated that because Davis is a poor fielder and is at his highest value he could become trade bait this winter.
Like many, I fell in love with Davis this season. After a rough start to his Mets career, the man we came to know as “Just Dingers” took off at the plate. He finished the season with 22 home runs and a .307/.369/.527 batting line.
All of this came in just over 450 trips to the plate. Imagine what he can do if given the chance to play every day from the start of the season.
Davis seemed to have all of the offensive tools to become a star hitter in the big leagues. He more than made up for his defensive shortcomings. Unfortunately, not everyone views it this way. And I will agree, it’s rough to have this many poor defenders on the field at the same time.
If Davis finds a new home, it’s probably in the American League where he can DH. His -2.4 WAR on defense last season was horrendous. Despite his flexibility and willingness to take a spot at multiple positions, I’m not confident we get to see him blossom into even a below-average defender as a member of the Mets.