This will be the final great trade deadline debate of 2021 I make in regards to the New York Mets and their most pressing need: a bat or an arm. That’s because the team is running out of time to decide which is more essential to their success.
The trade deadline, scheduled for July 30 this year, is coming up horrifyingly fast. Can you believe we’re this deep into summer already? I haven’t even had my first ballpark hot dog!
This week on Monday Morning GM, I want to dive into the greater need for the club one final time. If the Mets could only make one move, for a bat or a glove, which should it be?
The case for the Mets to go for broke in adding a bat
Imagine me giving you a bunch of sheets of paper with numbers on it right now. These numbers are statistics. All of them are offensive—and I don’t just mean they came from Mets hitters.
The offense has been just as promised: offensive. The team continues to struggle with men in scoring position. Outside of Pete Alonso and Brandon Nimmo (a guy who did, unfortunately, miss a lot of time) there isn’t a single starter we can feel pleased with.
The trouble with adding a bat to this club at the trade deadline has always been, to me, tricky because of how already full the roster looked on paper. When everyone is back and healthy, where does this guy actually play?
J.D. Davis is close to a return yet third base has been a rumored spot the Mets are looking to upgrade. It wouldn’t come as a surprise to see them also target more versatile players, Adam Frazier already mentioned in the rumors.
A guy that can play the infield and outfield is the only thing that really makes sense for the Mets. With the Chicago Cubs possibly quitting early this year, does this mean Kris Bryant becomes available?
The Mets 100% need a new bat in this lineup on a regular basis. There’s no guarantee someone like Jeff McNeil or Michael Conforto turn their seasons around. A fan-favorite may need to sit regularly for the betterment of the team. If the trade works, I’m not sure fans would mind.