If the New York Mets trade Brandon Nimmo this winter, these five teams appear to be the likeliest destinations.
New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo seems to come up in trade rumors and proposals every year. The front office has always held him in high regard, however, and for good reason. Nimmo is the quintessential leadoff man and just an overall solid hitter.
Since his MLB debut in 2016, the former first-round pick has slashed .258/.390/.448 with an OPS of .838 and OPS+ of 130.
He has 39 home runs and 121 RBI. He has a .339 BABIP, .365 wOBA, 133 wRC+, 5.2 BsR, and 8.7 WAR. He’s outstanding at getting on-base and is finding his power stroke, both are evident in his very good OBP, OPS+, and wOBA. He’s also a solid base runner, evident in his great BsR.
Nimmo became the team’s everyday center fielder this season and although he was the worst defensive center fielder in the league, we mustn’t forget that he’s quite solid in the corner outfield positions, especially in left.
Fans won’t want to see him go, but that day may finally be upon us. The team is crowded and if the Mets do, in fact, pursue and acquire a proper center field who can bring some pop with the bat, Nimmo will have to go.
An overall decent fielder, a very good hitter and base runner, and the quintessential leadoff man, Nimmo would benefit every single team in the league. He’s also 27 years old and is under team control for two more years (he’ll be making $4.1 million next year and is arbitration-eligible in 2022).
Here’s a look at five teams that would be realistic landing spots for Nimmo and would benefit most from him.