NY Mets players whose roles will change following the trade deadline
By Leen Amin
The New York Mets made news headlines after acquiring superstar shortstop Javier Báez from the Chicago Cubs at the trade deadline. Prior to that, they acquired veteran SP Rich Hill from the Tampa Bay Rays. They also received RHP Trevor Williams from the Cubs in the Báez trade.
The Mets didn’t have a fantastic deadline and definitely made a mistake by not adding more pitching.
Nonetheless, the Mets were pretty active and the moves they made are going to have an impact on several of the team’s players.
Let’s take a look at some of the players whose futures will be altered post-deadline.
Many are expecting it, but the Báez acquisition is all but confirmation that J.D. Davis’ time with the Mets is coming to an end. The fact that the Mets were attempting to deal him at the deadline only bolsters that argument.
Davis will almost certainly be the odd man out once Francisco Lindor returns. The starting infield will likely feature Pete Alonso at first base, Báez at second, Lindor at shortstop, and Jeff McNeil at third. All four of these players are better than Davis offensively and defensively and none will be benched in favor of him.
Davis is also capable of playing left field, but Dominic Smith has claimed that job for himself and is the better option as a hitter and fielder.
This will be Davis’ future whether or not Báez remains with the Mets after the season. Barring further injuries to the starting infielders, Davis will become a bench player once Lindor returns for the remainder of the season and then will likely be traded during the offseason (he will not become an unrestricted free agent until the 2025 season).