1) NY Mets trade candidate J.D. Davis
The Mets probably won’t trade Edwin Diaz. They’re likely to listen to offers on Jeff McNeil. When it comes to Dominic Smith, I think there’s a good chance he is gone.
I won’t put any of the above predictions in stone. What I will guarantee is that the Mets will trade J.D. Davis this winter.
Even as one of the more productive bats for the team this year, Davis has seen his playing time dwindle. He fell behind Jonathan Villar on the third base depth chart and hasn’t taken away any at-bats from the left field candidates they have.
Davis’ poor defense has been detrimental at times. Inability to stay healthy this year has also hurt his case to be a building block. Add in some small moments in clutch situations and we have ourselves a definite trade candidate.
All of the same things I said about Smith’s trade value exists for Davis with the addition of third base—with the knowledge that he doesn’t play it very well. Easily best-suited working as a DH, Davis can at least provide a team with some trust in the field. He’ll never win a Gold Glove but he also won’t waste a roster spot as a guy limited to only playing half of the game.
Davis’ rise and fall has been a bumpy one since joining the team in 2019. A professional hitter with a big league future, for those who have enjoyed his time in New York, appreciate every last moment you get in 2021. He will not be back in 2022.
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