Billy Eppler has gotten a lot of criticism for his activity at the trade deadline. The New York Mets did not acquire a big name, instead, they went with a similar approach that the 2021 World Champion Braves went, in acquiring role players who can contribute in a big way.
Guys like Daniel Vogelbach and Mychal Givens have had their ups and downs but have been solid contributors for the most part overall while some of the names the Mets were interested in have struggled with their new teams.
Where Eppler really made his mark was this offseason. Eppler with the help of Steve Cohen turned the Mets from a team that collapsed in the second half of last season into a team that will likely win over 100 games and has a legitimate shot at winning their first World Series title since 1986.
The Mets have been in first place for most of the season and it is thanks in large part to some new acquisitions. This list was so hard to make and saw someone like Eduardo Escobar who has arguably been the Mets best hitter down the stretch and one of the key leaders in the clubhouse was omitted.
5. Best NY Mets player additions ranked: Mark Canha
While Billy Eppler did have a lot of money to play with, he made some outstanding decisions in terms of who to sign. Some big money outfielders like Kris Bryant and Nicholas Castellanos have really struggled with their new teams.
The Mets signed Mark Canha to a two-year $26.5 million dollar deal this offseason, while Bryant and Castellanos both signed for $100+ million dollars. Canha has been a 2.8 fWAR player while Castellanos and Bryant have combined for -0.1 fWAR.
The Canha signing came with some risk, as he was 33 years old at the time of signing the deal and had a pretty extensive injury history. The veteran outfielder was also coming off of a down season and really struggled in the second half while playing through a hip injury.
I liked the Canha signing and hoped he'd perform well enough to be around a three-win player. Canha has been exactly that, and that's proven to be very useful for this team.
The Mets have been extra cautious with Canha, giving him plenty of off-days. While it got annoying at times, I believe it's helped him stay fresh and healthy the entire season.
Canha has a 130 WRC+ and ranks fifth in the National League with a .371 OBP. While I wish he'd hit more than 12 home runs as a guy who has hit as many as 26 home runs in a season, he's been such a consistent piece for this team.
Canha can hit anywhere in the lineup and always gives productive at-bats. Nimmo and Canha both set the tone as guys who take a ton of pitches and force pitchers to work extra hard to record outs against this Mets team. Canha seems to be an awesome clubhouse presence and has turned into a fan favorite in Flushing.