While waiting for Yoshinobu Yamamoto to make his long-awaited decisions, David Stearns finally made a move, acquiring Adrian Houser and Tyrone Taylor in a deal with his former team, the Milwaukee Brewers.
This trade is far from the splash New York Mets fans have been waiting for, but it still fills a pair of holes on this roster. Houser can slot in at the back end of the rotation or can be used as a long reliever. He feels like a perfect candidate to fill the role Trevor Williams filled so flawlessly back in 2022. Taylor is a fourth outfielder who can play all three outfield positions and has three years of control.
Acquiring these two players doesn't take the Mets out of the Yamamoto sweepstakes. It also doesn't take them out of the DH sweepstakes. What it does do is eliminate the Mets as a possible landing spot for these three free agents.
1) Michael A. Taylor
Michael A. Taylor is a player the Mets were rumored to be speaking with at various points this offseason, and it's not hard to see why. He would've made a ton of sense as a fourth outfielder. He's a Gold Glove-caliber defender who just had one of his best years offensively.
Had the Mets signed Taylor, he likely would've filled the fourth outfielder role that Tyrone Taylor was brought in to play, but at a much higher salary. Michael A. Taylor also would not come with the same three years of control that Tyrone has.
Michael A. and Tyrone happen to have more in common than their last name. They're both known for their defense and speed but have sneaky power. Michael A. set a career-high, hitting 21 home runs this past season for Minnesota while Tyrone hit 17 in 2022 as an everyday player. He hit 10 this past season in a part-time role.
Now, the Mets need to focus their attention on bringing in a full-time outfielder, probably a left fielder, to round out the outfield. Michael A. Taylor is not that.