If the Mets make a big splash, it will likely be for a third baseman
J.D. Davis has a lot of pressure on him this year. The team’s starting third baseman has headlined many offseason trade rumors. The Mets never did make any blockbuster deal to upgrade at the hot corner. This summer, it’s possible they do.
Several factors will come into play to determine whether or not New York looks to make a big trade for a third baseman. Availability is one out of their control. Something they can hold a little tighter to the vest is how Davis performs.
It doesn’t seem as if Davis will do anything more than play third base. The Mets have enough corner outfielders. Unless someone gets hurt, third base is Davis’ position to lose—probably not until the trade deadline.
The great news for the Mets is that there are a lot of options for them. Kris Bryant may still be available. The same could be said for Kyle Seager and just about every other third baseman on a losing team nearing free agency.
I suspect the only third basemen the Mets may add at the trade deadline would be rentals. Although I wouldn’t rule out someone they hold over through 2022, the team will probably only look to fill the position in the short-term. Generally, July isn’t the time to build your team for the next five years. It’s a time to sell off pieces you expect to leave or add ones to help you in the immediate future.