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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 14: Detail of the Nike shoes worn by Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on April 14, 2021 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 14: Detail of the Nike shoes worn by Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on April 14, 2021 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 15: Ketel Marte #4 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrates his run from a Henry Ramos #21 single during the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on September 15, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 15: Ketel Marte #4 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrates his run from a Henry Ramos #21 single during the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on September 15, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

9) Ketel Marte

Anyone else still think 2019 was last year or is that just me? Regardless, 2019 was recent enough to carry relevance into 2022 and it’s important because it’s when Ketel Marte finished 4th in the National League MVP voting. For the Mets, a bat and glove like Marte’s would give them a ton of flexibility in their lineup and defense alignment on a nightly basis.

Marte quietly finished the 2021 season with very good numbers, albeit a small sample. Limited to only 90 games by injuries, Marte put together a slashline of 318/.377/.527/.909 to go along with 14 homers and 50 RBIs. With a career OPS of .808, Marte certainly is good for some pop throughout a season, but what really stands out for the Mets is his versatility around the diamond.

In seven seasons in the Majors, Marte has compiled over 1,000 innings at three different positions: shortstop, second base and centerfield. While shortstop is obviously blocked for the foreseeable future, the Mets could benefit from having someone who could man both second and center. Marte in 1900+ innings at second base totaled 19 Defensive Runs Saved, but show a much poorer showing in centerfield, albeit a much smaller sample, with -11 DRS.

If the Mets are looking to build a team that provides positional flexibility while not sacrificing power at the plate, Marte would be worth looking into this winter.

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