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Jul 28, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) and center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) react after defeating the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 28, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) and center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) react after defeating the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
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Jul 6, 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, United States; New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen watches practice during workouts at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Kyriacou knows who the darkest horse MVP on the Mets is, thought the GM hunt never should have happened

Finally, willing to share his best and worst take from the past year, we have Nick Kyriacou. Up-to-date with all things Mets and bold enough to make a declaration, he has shared his best and worst takes with either fellow writers or our dear readers before.

On his best take, Kyriacou said, “A healthy Brandon Nimmo is the Mets dark horse MVP candidate.” To clarify, he doesn’t just mean on this roster. Kyriacou, at one point this spring, thought Nimmo could even be the league’s MVP. It’s certainly looking possible.

I’m not so sure Nimmo actually will win an MVP because of just how difficult that is to do. Usually, we find guys who hit for power winning the award because of all of the other numbers which follow. A guy with 35 home runs will probably reach 100 RBI. If he’s also hitting around .300, he’s a safe bet to win the honor.

Not all of Kyriacou’s takes are hits. Regarding the general manager position, he was high on the guy who previously held the job. However, Kyriacou now admits this was his worst take: “After the Mets sale, Steve Cohen should have kept Brodie Van Wagenen as the general manager.”

I don’t think there would be too many people on this planet or any other that would agree with this statement. Van Wagenen was almost universally disliked. It shows in the results from nearly every move he made. Even the J.D. Davis trade brought the Mets a conundrum to ponder; where does this guy play in the field?

We never will know how things may have gone if Van Wagenen stayed. Surely, one transaction would have worked. For every one of those, I think we would have had a half-dozen that didn’t.

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Thank you to Alan, Justin, and Nick for participating in this study of good and bad Mets takes from a single mind.

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