There is very little reason for the Mets to retain Jake Marisnick beyond 2020. He was a mercenary brought in to provide the club with some depth and defense in the outfield, specifically up the middle in center.
With another free agent class to access and potential trades or free agent signings to make, I would prefer the Mets do the wise thing and legitimately upgrade the starting position in center field. It’s not always easy to do. Center fielders aren’t always as well-rounded as we would like. When they are, teams tend to hold onto them for a lifetime.
The only factor that could lead the Mets to rethink their position on Marisnick is the fact that they traded away prospects to get him. Whether or not those minor leaguers accomplish anything doesn’t matter. The fact is, the Mets gave up some youngsters to get him. There’s no winning this trade unless Marisnick succeeds in New York.
Rather than return to Flushing for 2021, I think Marisnick gets a platoon gig in another city.
Matt Adams and Eduardo Nunez
It’s difficult to predict where a veteran player on a minor leaguer may end up in the future. An explosive season from either could land them a longer deal with the ball club they play for. A more forgettable one usually leads to a change of scenery.
For these two, I don’t think it really matters. Adams is blocked at first base by Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith for regular playing time. Nunez fits in a little more for the Mets, but he’s also already 32. Rather than re-up him, I would prefer to see what a guy like Luis Guillorme can do on a regular basis as the primary infield utility player.
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