NY Mets Free Agent Face-Off: Javier Baez versus Kris Bryant
By Tim Boyle
Javier Baez and Kris Bryant have more in common than their shared time together on the Chicago Cubs for several seasons. Each is now a free agent and a potential target for the New York Mets to sign.
Baez, as you may recall if you have a memory longer than a goldfish or me pretending to listen but not really listening and then I get asked a question about the subject, finished up the 2021 season as a member of the Mets. So the connection to them is already there.
Meanwhile, Bryant has been a trade candidate for the Mets ever since it became apparent that the Cubs were leaning toward a rebuilding or retooling phase of the franchise. He ended up getting traded to the San Francisco Giants over the summer, leaving the Mets with questions remaining at third base. Those questions haven’t gone away yet at the hot corner. Bryant remains in play for the Mets there and possibly even in one of the two corner outfield positions.
Is Javier Baez or Kris Bryant a better free agent for the Mets to sign?
There are a lot of reasons why the Mets should target each of these men and a few suggesting they should go in a different direction. The ultimate power play would be to sign them both. Wouldn’t that be something?
Realistically, the Mets can probably fit one on the roster and payroll. We witnessed firsthand last offseason as the club refrained from making historic upgrades. Instead, they looked for the right fit.
And that’s what this debate between Baez and Bryant ultimately comes down to. Which one is the better fit for what the Mets need most?