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Mets: Three types of players they must avoid adding this winter

PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 21: Keon Broxton #23 of the New York Mets poses for a photo on Photo Day at First Data Field on February 21, 2019 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 21: Keon Broxton #23 of the New York Mets poses for a photo on Photo Day at First Data Field on February 21, 2019 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 25: Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets slides into third base after hitting a triple in the first inning of their game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on September 25, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough in New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

The New York Mets need to add the right players this winter and avoid adding those who fit these descriptions.

I have my doubts that we will see the New York Mets blow us away with an active offseason. Instead, I expect minor tweaks and maybe one or two notable names on lower salary deals.

I don’t say this to rain on anybody’s parade. It’s just that we haven’t seen them take the next step to greatness. Seeing is believing and I haven’t seen enough from this franchise to think things will change.

As far as the players we do want to see the Mets bring to town, I don’t think lists change all that much. We want the best players possible. It’s easy to rattle off those names. Instead of coming up with an implausible plan to sign Anthony Rendon or convince Gerrit Cole Flushing is the place to be, let’s think about the types of players we don’t want to see suit up for the Amazins in 2020.

Rich Hill and the perpetually injured

I do think the Mets will add a starting pitcher this winter—or at least try to on a cheaper deal. Rich Hill is a guy with a strong resume, but his constant injuries have me worried. He’s the antithesis of an injury-prone pitcher any team should be cautious with. In fact, he’ll already miss around half of 2020.

I’m not one to completely shy away from a guy with an injury history. However, Hill is different. He has only one season with more than 25 starts. This took place back in 2007.

What’s more, he’ll be 40-years-old for the 2020 campaign. This pretty much eliminated him from my list of possible free agents no matter what the cost. Even at a low salary, the Mets would lose out by choosing him over someone else. The same can be true for other players in a similar situation as him.

Other players who flirt with the IL a little too much are off the table as far as I’m concerned. Seeing Yoenis Cespedes miss all of 2019 and Jed Lowrie only suiting up for a few hapless pinch-hitting appearances in September has me thinking differently.

I’m more cautious about players with broken-down bodies than ever before. It’s time the Mets think the same way.

Fortunately, Hill’s elbow should prevent Brodie Van Wagenen from doing something silly.

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