2) Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
Fresh from an appearance in the World Series, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was a rookie on the 2018 Blue Jays under Gibbons. He, too, showed positive signs that year. He has only gotten better. In fact, one could say getting traded away by the Blue Jays to the Arizona Diamondbacks was the best thing for his career.
Gurriel hit a career-high 35 doubles, 24 home runs, and drove in 82 for the National League Champions. He has turned into a much better defensive player albeit he did still start 50 games for the Diamondbacks as the DH.
How he fits with the Mets works if paired with a player like Hernandez. Gurriel is your main left field option. Hernandez is your backup in either corner spot.
Perhaps because he hasn’t hit for a ton of power in his career, Gurriel seems to have hardly registered on the radar of Mets fans. In fairness to those who’ve ignored him, he has been unpredictable. He hit only 5 home runs in his final year with Toronto while slashing .291/.343/.400. This past season, with a huge uptick in power, Gurriel slashed .261/.309/.463.
What version would the Mets get?
Finally, the Mets can round out their roster with one more bat Gibbons is vaguely familiar with.