New York Mets have no business trading Brandon Nimmo
By Leen Amin
Trading Brandon Nimmo would be a major mistake by the New York Mets.
During this offseason, New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo’s name has been thrown around in potential trade talks. There has been no indication that Nimmo will definitely be traded, but the Mets would be making a mistake by letting him go.
To begin with, the vast majority of viable and realistic options for the Mets are just not worth it. Nimmo did have a down year in 2019, but his overall poor numbers can be attributed to injury: he was on the IL with a neck injury from the end of May until September first.
Even with that down year, Nimmo’s career numbers are still good: he has a career slash line of .254/.387/.440, an impressive OPS of .827, and a great OPS+ of 127. Because Nimmo was so unlike himself this past season, it is easy to overlook his fantastic OPS of .995 after returning from injury.
Nimmo is a good hitter but he also brings a great asset in his speed, something the Mets lack. Nimmo has been a poor defender in the outfield, but who is to say he will not improve. More consistent playing time in centerfield, which seems to be inevitable, at this point, may allow him to get better and develop his ability in the field.
Nimmo is also relatively young and cheap. He will be 27 years old next season and will be making just $1.7 million. He also will not be an unrestricted free agent until his age 30 season in 2023.
Nimmo is an on-base machine who is also a good hitter, fast, young, and cheap. The combination of all these factors, which does not even include the fact that he is a fan favorite, should make it difficult for the Mets to let go of him.
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There are very few players that the Mets would realistically be willing to trade Nimmo for who would bring more to the table than he does. His 2019 season was no cause for concern, and it is not absurd to believe that he will be better than he has ever been over the next few years.