Brandon Nimmo is the big free agent bat in 2022 the Mets will need to re-sign
Oh, Brandon Nimmo. What do we do with you? I think if Michael Conforto walks after the 2021 season, the decision is simple: the Mets re-sign Nimmo.
It is way too beneficial to keep Nimmo around with right field wide open. Conforto walking after 2021 could make for an easy transition to move Nimmo into right field and then possibly add someone from the outside.
There are a lot of things the Mets can do. One they will need to heavily consider is a long-term contract with Nimmo.
The thing about Nimmo is this: he changes the direction of the game. Certain numbers of his are fantastic. He gets on base a ton so any metric relating to this looks fantastic. Void of power at times and not exceptional in some areas, it’s little things like making pitchers work and playing like a pest (smiling and all) that routinely helps set the table for the Mets.
I always have a hard time pinpointing what a future contract for Nimmo would look like. Often injured, his numbers fall well short of star status.
When he is on the field, however, Nimmo is uniquely gifted. Players like this are hard to let slip away. Unless something drastic changes with the Mets, I do think they try to keep him around. Probably not a guy who will be in center field by 2023, left field could be the place he finds himself starting if Conforto remains with the ball club.
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