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NY Mets Rumors: Kris Bryant on the early offseason radar

Oct 14, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder Kris Bryant (23) reacts after taking a called strike during the fourth inning in game five of the 2021 NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 14, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder Kris Bryant (23) reacts after taking a called strike during the fourth inning in game five of the 2021 NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports
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One player who seems to always be in New York Mets rumors is Kris Bryant.

While the Mets are struggling to put together a front office and coaching staff, Mike Puma of the New York Post is reporting that the Mets are interested in Bryant yet again, as he is a free agent this offseason.

Puma says the Mets are planning on meeting with his agent Scott Boras this week at the GM meetings.

Mets rumors revolving around Kris Bryant should have you very excited.

Bryant was in Mets rumors at the trade deadline but the Mets opted to trade for his teammate Javier Baez Instead. If Bryant is signed, I’d say it’s pretty unlikely Baez re-signs with the Mets.

The Mets have a hole at third base with Jonathan Villar heading to free agency and J.D. Davis doing nothing to prove that he’s worthy of an everyday spot at the hot corner.

Furthermore, the Mets could really use another right-handed power bat to pair with Pete Alonso. Bryant makes a ton of sense.

Bryant would be a great get for the Mets. He slashed .265/.353/.481 with 25 home runs and 73 RBI for the Cubs and Giants.

The former MVP boasts a big-time power bat that would fit in very nicely in the middle of the Mets lineup. He’d also add some much-needed versatility. Bryant played ten or more games in all three outfield spots, as well as the two corner infield spots.

For a team like the Mets who seem to be hit hard by the injury bug every season, having someone with Bryant’s versatility could prove to be very useful.

While talking about the injury bug, that is a big concern with Bryant. He dealt with injuries in the shortened 2020 season which led to his worst season in the Major Leagues. However, for the most part, Bryant has been able to stay healthy in his career.

With Steve Cohen likely blowing well past the luxury tax threshold, the Mets are poised to be a much-improved team heading into the 2022 season. Bryant would be expensive, but worth the price tag.

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Overall, I think signing Bryant is an excellent move. He checks a lot of boxes for this Mets team and would be a massive upgrade over the guys they’ve played at third base since David Wright retired.

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