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DENVER, CO - JUNE 19: Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets celebrates a first inning run scored with Dominic Smith #22 at Coors Field on June 19, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JUNE 19: Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets celebrates a first inning run scored with Dominic Smith #22 at Coors Field on June 19, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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MIAMI, FL – APRIL 03: Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets scores a run in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on April 3, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

Brandon Nimmo

A name that has popped up in Mets trade rumors in recent weeks, Brandon Nimmo is a valuable piece to the team’s plans for 2020—if he stays around long enough.

Nimmo had a breakout year back in 2018 when he was among the league leaders in OBP. He missed a large chunk of the 2019 campaign and didn’t quite live up to the expectations when healthy. In fact, it was a pretty rough year for the happiest man in baseball.

Nimmo struggled at the plate but didn’t have the kind of year where we should all lose faith in him. His batting average took a nosedive yet he still found a way to put up solid OBP numbers thanks to his ability to draw a walk.

I wouldn’t say Nimmo has plate discipline. He still strikes out a ton. Because of this, he’s someone we could see the Mets move before Opening Day.

Nimmo is not an ideal fit for what the Mets need most in the outfield: a true center fielder. With Cespedes planning for a return, this could take away at-bats from Nimmo with the outfield lining up Michael Conforto in center field and giving some right field starts to J.D. Davis. There is a multitude of ways the Mets can go. Personally, I would prefer to see Nimmo on the bench rather than with another team.

Lurk around Mets Twitter long enough and you will find your share of fans who believe he is an everyday player and others who think he’s a fourth outfielder at best. I tend to lean more toward the former. You can’t easily find a guy who reaches base at a .400 clip.

Nimmo is a guy who could become a casualty to the Mets’ inability to fill out each position properly. With other needs glaring at them, it makes sense why the team may shop him. Hopefully, they’re wise enough to realize how good he actually is and that most trades involving Nimmo may not actually improve the club.

The Mets need to look at things from a bigger picture. Just because the roster may not look its best for 2020 doesn’t mean they should throw away guys who can be a big help in 2021. This is one major reason why trading Nimmo feels a little foolish.

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