After the New York Mets finish their series against the Atlanta Braves on October 3, the season is officially over and it’s time to look at offseason acquisitions, mainly through free agency and trades. There’s a big one that the Mets simply cannot ignore.
The Braves’ Freddie Freeman is in the last year of his eight-year, $135m contract he signed as a 24-year-old in 2014.
During his time in Atlanta, he was Rookie of the Year, a five-time All-Star, an MVP last season, two-time Silver Slugger, and a one-time Gold Glove winner. He’s the hottest first baseman on the market.
Should the Mets pursue Freeman?
That shouldn’t even be a question. In addition to re-signing Javier Báez and Marcus Stroman to multi-year contracts, getting Freddie Freeman to New York should be a top priority.
If the MLB decides to (rightfully) implement universal DH as part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, this would be the perfect acquisition. Pete Alonso or Freddie Freeman could move to be a permanent DH, and Dom Smith could move to left field.
This versatility could give the Mets just what they need to compete in the NL East.
Let’s explore other free agent options.
Retaining Michael Conforto could be in the Mets’ cards, although it wouldn’t be surprising to see him go since underperforming in the last year of a contract is not a good recipe for contract negotiations. We all know he’s a better player than how he’s performed.
One interesting acquisition that intrigues me is Robbie Ray. He could be a really solid lefty to have in the rotation and pair with David Peterson. Ray has had an extraordinary year and would excel in New York.
Kyle Schwarber and Jake Marisnick are also options. Schwarber becomes an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, as he was just traded from the Washington Nationals to Boston Red Sox. He had an insane year. Marisnick is an option as a depth piece. He was traded to the San Diego Padres from the Cubs at the deadline and played for the Mets last season. He’s not a great everyday outfielder, but has speed and could be useful as a depth player.
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Whichever way the Mets go, re-tooling this lineup with more impact players is a must.