1) NY Mets free agent target Kris Bryant
The fit for Kris Bryant in New York has been there for quite some time. It’s a travesty if the Mets don’t at least attempt to sign him this winter. A third baseman who can also play the corner outfield positions effectively and even suit up at other spots makes too much sense for any ball club looking to spend big.
If you’ve watched a moment of baseball in the last several seasons, you probably already know how great of a player Bryant is. Lifetime, he has slashed .278/.376/.504. He was below these numbers in 2021 but still did manage to hit .265/.353/.481 with 25 home runs and 73 RBI.
Traded midyear from the Chicago Cubs to San Francisco Giants, Bryant closely replicated his numbers in the Bay Area as he did on the Northside. His offensive numbers dipped only slightly but not noticeably enough where I think anyone thinks of it as a bad trade.
Bryant works for the Mets primarily as a third baseman in 2022 with the possibility of transitioning elsewhere once Brett Baty or Mark Vientos are MLB-ready. I think one of these three would be destined for left field in this scenario.
The Mets will undoubtedly add some major bat to the lineup this winter even if it ends up being a new deal with midseason acquisition Javier Baez. Bryant would be my preferred choice, however. As brilliant as Baez can be, Bryant gives the team more flexibility and has a far greater tendency to put the ball in play and get hits.
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