4) MLB free agent Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo
Brandon Nimmo’s free agent stock hasn’t blown up this year but it also hasn’t taken a massive hit either. Consider it a luxury for him to not have a great year and still have teams breaking down walls to sign him. It’s because of the position he plays, how well he plays it, and how few options there are for other teams.
Nimmo’s growth into a more than credible center fielder will make him a very rich man this winter. He has the defensive tools needed to make him one of the best out there. Add in that he can get on base at a rate as strong as anyone else and we have ourselves a low-key free agent that should get paid big bucks.
What’s amazing is that Nimmo doesn’t have any of those big awards or honors to cement him as one of the top free agents. We know better. A lack of MVP consideration or All-Star appearances shouldn’t hurt him too badly. In a market of limited center field options, he is far and away the best one out there in free agency.
The Mets could find it difficult to retain him for all of these reasons. Someone is going to overpay. The question will be whether or not that person is Steve Cohen.