Offseason New York Mets rumors are coming from all directions. The latest to get us excited comes from none other than Craig Carton of WFAN.
Thursday night, Carton tweeted out that the Mets are reportedly interested in Oakland Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman.
The 27-year-old two-time Gold Glove winner and two-time top 10 MVP finisher would be a fine addition to the Mets roster. Even if the Mets rumors about Chapman are coming from an unlikely source, if you’ve listened to Carton enough, you know he does have an inside track.
As far as Mets rumors go, this is one to get excited about
In a lot of ways, Chapman is the best of what we would want from J.D. Davis. He hits for power, gets on base a ton, and plays superb defense. Even if he carries with him a lifetime average of only .255, he more than makes up with it on both sides of the ball.
The Athletics haven’t exactly been active this offseason in dumping salaries, but that’s because they don’t have much to trade away. Chapman is set to make a modest baseball salary of $6.4 million in 2021. To the Mets, this isn’t much. To the fiscally tight-wadded Athletics, it’s worth moving on from apparently.
These new Mets rumors involving Chapman are competing alongside similar ones. The club is reportedly still very much in on a potential deal involving Kris Bryant, possibly pitcher Kyle Hendricks as well. The same goes for a blockbuster with the Cincinnati Reds which would bring Sonny Gray back to New York along with their third baseman Eugenio Suarez.
All three third basemen would potentially give the Mets a boost at the hot corner. Each trade would probably also cost the club J.D. Davis, the man lined up to play third base if nothing happens.
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There has been no shortage of Mets rumors this offseason involving everything from trades for star infielders to free agent interest in star outfielders to interest in every available pitcher. Mets camp opens soon. As teams continue to do their best to trim fat from the payroll, expect the Mets to remain vigilant in putting their cellular phone minutes to good use.