New York Mets: Top 10 outfielders to consider adding this winter
By Allen Settle
The One-Dimensional Trade Candidates
8. Harrison Bader, Trade
Harrison Bader is the first of a group of players that fit only one of the Mets’ needs. After starting 74 games at CF in 2018, Bader took command of the role by making all 122 of his starts at the position. During his short career, he has recorded a stellar .984 fielding percentage as a centerfielder. He is also only 25 years old.
However, Bader has some of the same concerns that plagued Luan Lagares during his run in New York. His bat is relatively quiet for an everyday player. In 406 plate appearances, Bader posted a career-low .205 average last season. The Mets would have to have reason to believe that Bader would be able to improve as a hitter in order to make this trade.
7. Delino DeShields Jr., Trade
Delino DeShields Jr. is essentially a slightly different version of Bader. The 27-year-old started 112 games for the Rangers and finished the season with a .981 fielding percentage. He also posted a healthy .249 average with 24 stolen bases last season. In fact, he has finished four of his five professional seasons with 20+ steals.
6. Wil Myers, Trade
Wil Myers is an interesting case study. The former Rookie of the Year and All-Star was once considered to be a “can’t miss prospect.” However, after several pedestrian seasons, trade speculation has surrounded the outfielder.
A prolonged slump caused Myers batting average drop to .239 last season. However, he still hit 18 homers and stole 16 bases.
However, Myers defensive potential feels eerily similar to Conforto and Nimmo. While he is capable of playing CF at the MLB level (66 starts is 2019), he is a natural corner outfielder. His inconsistent bat and lack of experience as an everyday CF make him a risky, but intriguing option.
5. Jackie Bradley Jr., Trade
Jackie Bradley Jr. is an upgraded version of Bader and DeShields. He has played nearly his entire career in center field. He is also the first player on this list to win a Gold Glove award at the position. The 29 year old would immediately make the Mets a vastly better defensive team.
However, the fact that he is reported available is based on his liability as a hitter. While the “juiced-ball” season helped him blast 21 homer runs last season, he finished the year with a meager .225 average.
JBJ is the Mets’ best option if they decide against spending serious money or assets to address their need at CF.