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Mets Rumors: Examining the chances of acquiring a star this winter

Francisco Lindor of the Cleveland Indians laughs while on deck against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on August 20, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Francisco Lindor of the Cleveland Indians laughs while on deck against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on August 20, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 8: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies plays during a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on September 8, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Third Baseman Nolan Arenado

New York Mets rumors and superstar players continue to go hand in hand as you see by the latest report that the Colorado Rockies want to engage the Mets front office in trade discussions for their uber-talented third baseman Nolan Arenado. While there has been no confirmation as of yet in the Mets’ interest, Arenado makes sense for the Mets who could be looking to upgrade the hot corner this offseason.

While the Mets currently have J.D. Davis and Jeff McNeil as potential starters at third base next season, both players have had their fair share of defensive shortcomings at third base. If the Mets do become serious about upgrading the third base position, you have to imagine Jared Porter is going to pick up the phone and make a call to Colorado’s front office about a potential deal.

The 29-year old Arenado currently still has six years and $199 million remaining on his current contract which would fully entrench him as the Mets third baseman for both the present and the future. A complicating matter however is that Arenado can opt-out of his current contract after the 2021 season, but with the unknown financial landscape of baseball in 2022, he may stay under contract if he believes he won’t command the same amount of money next offseason.

There is also the concerning home and road splits that accompany Arenado. At Coors Field, Arenado has a line of .322/.376/.609 and on the road, Arenado has a line of .263/.322/.471, which is a significant difference when making an almost $200 million investment.

Ultimately I expect the Mets to listen to all offers presented their way and if they believe Arenado is a fit for the current ball club they will pull the trigger regardless of financial implications as previously stated by Sandy Alderson.My opinion of these Mets rumors connected to Arenado is I believe Lindor may be a stronger possibility for the organization at this point in the offseason, but give the Mets a 30% chance of landing Arenado this offseason.

The percentage that Nolan Arenado is a New York Met on Opening Day: 30%

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