3) The NY Mets don’t need Brett Baty to save the offense in 2023
Brett Baty was the guy who got the promotion last year when the Mets needed a bat. Unfortunately, an injury sidelined him after only 11 games. He hit a pair of home runs in those 42 trips to the plate he received. Next is to win some starts at third base while maybe also mastering left field along the way.
The arrival of Correa would have pushed Baty away from being one of the best third base prospects in the sport to the future left fielder in Flushing. The big difference with Correa not coming to the Mets is the team will be more likely to have him on the Opening Day roster.
Baty is merely an unlikely contender for the Mets Opening Day roster as an outfield option but could be an infielder for them with the expectation he shares time with Escobar. Baty needs to be somewhere that can give him consistent at-bats. If it’s Triple-A, that’s fine to start the year. We lower the bar for him now simply because it was temporarily raised when he was promoted last year.
Baty shouldn’t get used to being able to easily stop over the expectations. By 2024, he needs to be playing a lot. We’ll have our patience with him in 2023. He doesn’t need to save the offense this year. Any contributions he can make will be welcomed. There’s always the trade deadline to address third base if neither he nor Escobar work out.