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NY Mets: Best designated hitter options for the 2020 season

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets throws his bat after hitting a solo home run in the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game two of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets throws his bat after hitting a solo home run in the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game two of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – MARCH 08: J.D. Davis #28 of the New York Mets in action against the Houston Astros during a spring training baseball game at Clover Park on March 8, 2020 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Mets defeated the Astros 3-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

New York Mets Designated Hitter Option: J.D. Davis

While certainly not the best candidate to serve as the Mets DH if this proposal passes, Davis is surely a name to be considered as one that the team would benefit from slotting in the spot in the lineup.

In 2019, Davis’ hot bat was one of the year’s biggest surprises, as he batted a stellar .307 with a .369 OBP with 22 home runs and 57 RBI, and it is definitely a priority for the Mets to ensure he gets as many at-bats as possible.

At 26 years old, neither risk of injury or old age is a factor in having Davis slot in as a potential designated hitter. However, the logic behind having him at DH is more to improve New York’s defense in the field.

While Davis is a fine hitter, he has mainly fielded at either third base and left field in his time with New York, and the Mets have several better defensive options to play at both of those positions, such as McNeil, Brandon Nimmo, and Jake Marisnick. 

Doing this would keep Davis’ very productive bat in the line up while improving the Mets defensively. As Mets fans know all too well, some times one run can make the difference in a game, and with a season cut in half, New York should look to take every advantage it can get, and an improved defense is definitely one to consider.

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