December has arrived and the MLB Hot Stove is about to get really hot. For the New York Mets, we’re predicting some action in free agency and trade market.
The arrival of December should get you excited, New York Mets fans. It’s the first month when hot stove action truly picks up.
In this month’s edition of predictions, I’m seeing the Mets do a lot more than they did in November. It shouldn’t be too hard. November was all about minor moves, a few rumors, and setting up for the big possibilities.
Thanksgiving is over. December is here. It’s time for the Mets to get busy. This is what I expect to see.
Mets sign a big bat
It may not be the first significant move of the month, but I do think the team finally gets a big bat via free agency before we hit January. Who will it be? I have two options.
Two familiar names all Mets fans are watching this winter are J.T. Realmuto and George Springer. They have been on the fans’ radar for months and this is the month I foresee at least one of them signing with the team.
Realmuto would solve the organization’s long track record of mediocrity behind the plate. Easily one of the best catchers in the game, he would improve the team offensively and defensively at the position. Signing him would be a major move for the Mets and signal to everyone how serious they are about competing in 2021 and beyond.
The same is true for Springer. The former Houston Astros center fielder is looking for a new home in 2021. Despite his participation on one of the game’s most infamous teams, many fans are willing to welcome him with open arms. Springer would give the Mets a true center fielder that can hit—another thing they haven’t had for quite some time.
Either free agent star would significantly improve the Mets. This month, I see one putting on an orange and blue cap.