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Aug 2, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; detailed view of the cap and glove of New York Mets shortstop Javier Baez (not pictured) in the dugout prior to the game against the Miami Marlins at loanDepot park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 2, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; detailed view of the cap and glove of New York Mets shortstop Javier Baez (not pictured) in the dugout prior to the game against the Miami Marlins at loanDepot park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
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Aug 31, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) hits a two run home run during the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Nimmo – CF

I wish this guy could stay healthy. Nimmo was outstanding for the Mets in 2021 offensively and defensively. He went from someone who was unplayable in center field to an above-average center fielder.

At the plate, we already knew what Nimmo was capable of. He slashed .292/.401/.437 with eight home runs and 28 RBI. He was a staple at the top of the Mets order and constantly got on base in front of the big bats in the lineup.

His .401 OBP would have tied him for third in all of baseball in on-base percentage. This was his third season out of four in which Nimmo has put up a .400+ OBP. His ability to get on base is truly remarkable.

The issue with Nimmo was the fact that he only played 92 games. Only once in his career has Nimmo played over 100 games and that was back in 2018. No matter how you look at it, that’s an issue.

Nimmo is an elite talent on the field and he doesn’t get the recognition he deserves because he just can’t stay on the field. This upcoming season is his last year of team control before hitting free agency. The Mets need to figure out whether they want to commit to him long-term.

If I were in charge, I’d extend Nimmo now before the 29 other teams can bid on him. Even with the injury history, teams will undoubtedly pay for the talent and hope he stays on the field.

He’s the perfect leadoff hitter and hopefully will continue to be in that role in Queens for the foreseeable future.

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