2) NY Mets free agent who will be back next season: Brandon Nimmo
Brandon Nimmo has done something this season that he hadn't done since 2018. He's played in over 100 games. Nimmo has dealt with a couple of minor injuries but has only missed nine games. This is remarkable considering how injury prone he was in the past.
We all knew the impact he had on the team when he was on the field in the past, it's great to now see it happen. Nimmo leads off every single game with a productive at bat that often leads to the Mets getting an early advantage that they don't relinquish.
Nimmo's walks are down this season but that's in large part due to him seeing more strikes. He's hit for decent power and has come up with several clutch hits for this Mets team.
The most important development in Nimmo's game is his defense. He's turned into an elite defender in center field, something I never thought I'd be able to say.
Nimmo's inability to stay on the field is all that was holding him back from getting extended, and now the fact that he's done it means he's earned a big pay day.
Nimmo is set to hit free agency this offseason and he is a guy the Mets have expressed interest in retaining. Nimmo has said numerous times how much he loves the Mets so with this interest being confirmed by the man himself, I'd be shocked if he didn't remain with the club.
The kind of contract he gets remains to be seen, but he is probably going to be worth whatever he gets. I can't imagine the Mets letting him walk seeing how vital he is to everything they do offensively and defensively.