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NY Mets: 3 Javier Baez alternatives to throw a lot of money at this winter

Oct 1, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Mets shortstop Javier Baez (23) in action against the Atlanta Braves in the second inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 1, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Mets shortstop Javier Baez (23) in action against the Atlanta Braves in the second inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Oct 2, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; San Francisco Giants third baseman Kris Bryant (23) throws the ball to first base to record an out during the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 2, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; San Francisco Giants third baseman Kris Bryant (23) throws the ball to first base to record an out during the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Kris Bryant

A name that has been in Mets trade rumors for what feels like the longest time is Kris Bryant. The Giants acquired Bryant at the deadline and he helped propel them to 107 wins and a National League West division title.

Assuming Nolan Arenado opts into the remainder of his contract, Kris Bryant will be the best third baseman on the market by far. For a Mets team that started Jonathan Villar and J.D. Davis at the hot corner for most of the year, Bryant would be a massive upgrade.

Like they would with Correa, the Mets could shift Jeff McNeil over to second base to accommodate signing Kris Bryant to play third base for a majority of the time.

Bryant slashed .265/.353/.481 with 25 home runs and 73 RBI this season. While Bryant also has an injury history, he played in 144 games this season. That would be third on the Mets just one game behind Dom Smith for second.

Bryant has a big-time power bat who can play all over the place. He played at least ten games at five different positions. This versatility would be huge for the Mets and is a reason why I wanted them to trade for Bryant in the first place.

Something that makes Kris Bryant more intriguing is the fact that he is not tied to the Qualifying Offer. Since he was traded mid-season, the Giants cannot offer him one. This means the Mets wouldn’t have to give up their second first-round pick to sign him. If they were to sign Correa, they would have to give up that pick.

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He might not be as electrifying or fun to watch as his former teammate Baez is, but Kris Bryant is a very good player who the Mets would be fortunate to sign. He is 29 years old, in his prime, and would provide a big-time power bat that the Mets lack.

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