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Mets: Priority free agents to sign with no more Robinson Cano dough

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 15: Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Mets throws the ball to first base against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on September 15, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Mets 4-1. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 15: Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Mets throws the ball to first base against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on September 15, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Mets 4-1. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 15: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros points to third base coach Gary Pettis in the box after hitting a solo home run against John Curtiss #84 of the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning in Game Five of the American League Championship Series at PETCO Park on October 15, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

George Springer

As I had previously mentioned earlier in this article, there is now a very real possibility that the Mets will sign two of the top three free agents this offseason with an extra $24 million now available for the front office to spend. I believe Bauer should be the number one priority for the Mets, with outfielder George Springer not too far behind as the Mets’ second priority.

The organization has lacked a true dynamic center field option for awhile since Carlos Beltran’s departure, and Springer can fill that need. The 31-year old center fielder will not only provide a tremendous offensive boost to the Mets already deep starting lineup, but he also will provide the team an upgrade in center field defensively, which is an area the Mets have struggled over the past several seasons without Juan Lagares.

The addition of Springer not only fills a need during the regular season for the Mets, but his extraordinary performances in the postseason would be a welcome addition to a team that is trying to reach that next level. Adding notably one of the best postseason hitters of this generation certainly will go a long way in accomplishing that task. In 63 career postseason games with the Houston Astros, Springer has hit .269 with 19 home runs and 38 RBI’s with an exceptional .895 OPS.

The common thought around Major League Baseball seems to be that the Mets will control the free-agent market this offseason not only due to the amount of money they have to spend but due to the nature of the market as a whole with many teams facing financial constraints. With this rare supremacy, the organization has, the front office should take advantage in picking up both Bauer and Springer this winter with the addition of Cano’s $24 million to the payroll.

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