Mets: Best non-tendered hitters to better the Mets’ World Series odds
The Mets system is baren and Jeison Guzman is a much-needed addition
Who is Jeison Guzman? Guzman is a shortstop that was a former top 30 prospect for the Kansas City Royals and was non-tendered by the Royals at the tender deadline.
Guzman was added to the 40-man roster in the winter of 2019 to protect him from the Rule 5 draft but when it came time to shed some players from the roster Guzman was unfortunately on the chopping block.
This is good for the Mets because Guzman is still very young at 22 years old and can replenish the farm system which has been depleted over the last few years.
Guzman in four minor league seasons has hit a slightly pedestrian .245/.306/.345/.651 with 78 extra-base hits and 111 RBIs. However, Guzman is not known for his offensive abilities, he is more of a glove-first shortstop. I personally see him as a Luis Guillorme type player with slightly lesser defensive talent, but the Mets need to better their minor league depth and Guzman would be a good fit to add to the Mets depleted system.
Since Guzman is not a top prospect and is more of a depth prospect he would not take playing time away from the Mets top infield prospects like Ronny Mauricio, Brett Baty, and Mark Vientos but he would allow the Mets to push those three players more aggressively since they have other players to fill their spot upon a promotion.
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The Mets should be able to sign Guzman to a minor league deal considering he has not played above A ball. He could add infield depth to the minor leagues and add another prospect to the Mets system that is slowly on the rise with the emergence of the teenagers and recent draft picks.