Best Mets center fielder candidates: Ranking five of the most enticing options
1) George Springer
One of the crown jewels to be had this upcoming offseason is Houston Astros outfielder George Springer who will be hitting the open market in the middle of his prime. There is no question that the Mets should be interested in signing the three-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger Award winner this offseason as a solution to their center field woes.
All of the Astros sign-stealing controversy aside, Springer is one of the best outfielders in the game and has also been one of the best postseason performers in recent memory during his time in Houston. This past season Springer slashed .265/.359/.540 with 14 home runs and 32 RBI’s in 51 games which is setting him up for a big payday this offseason.
It would be in the Mets’ best interests to make a bid for the 31-year old outfielder this winter as he would not only provide a boost defensively but adding Springer’s offensive production to an already deep Mets starting lineup is tantalizing.
Surely the Mets aren’t going to be the only team in adding Springer to its roster next season, but the Mets may be one of the few teams who have the funds to get it done.
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Springer should be considered the number one external option to fill the Mets center field position this offseason. The Mets would be adding a truly game-changing option that I had previously mentioned they have lacked at that position for some time now. In an offseason of expected splashes for new owner Steve Cohen, this move could potentially be one of the most valuable that the Mets could make for the present and the future of the organization.