If you were awake before your alarm clock went off Sunday morning, you may have been treated to some breakfast and some New York Mets news. The club signed outfielder Albert Almora, putting an end to the Mets rumors and their search for a center fielder.
Or so we thought.
Even after inking Almora to a deal, the latest Mets rumors say Jackie Bradley Jr. is still an option for the ball club in 2021.
Mets rumors involving Jackie Bradley Jr. continue
The Mets have signed one “Junior” to play center field for them in 2021—the lesser-accomplished one named Albert Almora. Bradley, the bigger target and one ready to get paid even more this offseason, remains available for the Mets and every other team looking for a center field upgrade.
Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News reported the signing took the Mets out of action for Bradley. However, Julian McWilliams of the Boston Globe had a different take. From the Mets rumors he reports, the team hasn’t given up completely on a deal with Bradley.
Although conflicting, if one person says they’re in, I tend to believe it ain’t over yet.
Rising Apple’s Adrian Cervantes covered this weekend how the Mets need to “tread lightly” with their negotiations involving Bradley. His asking price is said to be four years and the number of dollars attached to it has been reportedly quite high for someone of his talent.
I’m never one to judge how much money people make. Every year on my birthday, I would receive at least $25 from a family friend’s aunt. I wasn’t even related to them and I managed to take home a cool quarter-of-a-Benjamin. Nevertheless, it seems pretty extensive throughout the baseball insider’s world that Bradley has a high asking price and it might not be worth the Mets paying him.
It’s possible the Mets are waiting this out to see if there are indeed any updates in regards to a possible DH in 2021. With a DH, Bradley makes a lot more sense. Minus the one-dimensional hitter in the lineup every day, it likely means the end to Mets rumors involving this Gold Glove center fielder.
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An obvious fit for what the Mets need yet not the perfect option, I suspect Sandy Alderson will engage in talks up until Bradley finally does make a decision. After all, even with Almora, the Mets could still use some outfield assistance.