We didn’t get to see much of Brandon Nimmo in 2019. Limited to only 69 games, Nimmo turned in some pedestrian numbers overall. His .221 batting average stands out the most on the negative side of things as do the 71 strikeouts.
Fortunately, Nimmo did still have a .375 OBP and hit 8 home runs in his abbreviated year. Nimmo is certainly a candidate to start for the Mets on Opening Day 2020. He’s also someone we could see traded this winter.
Because Nimmo isn’t viewed as an ideal center fielder, the Mets may look to trade him to a team looking for a corner outfielder. The trouble here is how few natural center fielders there are available. Once most hit 30, they move to a corner spot.
For Nimmo, there are negatives. Don’t let the bright smile fool you. He’s far from perfect.
Too many strikeouts, some struggles against lefties, and a style of play which could land him on the IL every season worries me. The Mets know how much the fans adore him and how great he is for the locker room. At the right price, though, would they trade the happiest man in professional sports?
Nimmo may have more value to the rest of the league than some believe. Despite hitting poorly last year, his OBP numbers are quite impressive. Teams who favor this attribute may look to land the left-handed-hitting outfielder this winter. The Mets have a reason to budge as long as there’s a replacement they have in mind for either the starting lineup or bench. It’s essential they do not enter 2020 with a limited number of outfielders.