3) Mets designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach
Daniel Vogelbach has become a Mets fan favorite, not necessarily because of what he has produced but because of his personality. As for his offensive contribution, he was perhaps better than fans remember, hitting .255/.393/.436/.830 with six homers and 26 RBIs in 183 plate appearances during his stay with the Mets.
Vogelbach was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates for reliever Colin Holderman, who showed good potential in his arm with the Mets. The team traded for Vogey, as some call him, to have an option at the DH position against righties.
He's been a good hitter versus right-handed pitchers in his career, posting a .822 OPS. Another aspect of Vogelbach is his patience at the plate, which has augured him a .364 OBP vs. RHP during his MLB tenure.
However, the Mets may not have the patience to wait for Vogelbach to put up some good numbers in the first half of the next year. A team with a level of competition like the Mets, with the rivals that it must surpass in the East division of the National League, and their goal to win a championship, requires reliable options in the lineup that always produce.
Vogelbach also has pressure from a group of youngsters in the minors like Francisco Alvarez and Brett Baty who could produce enough to replace him in the position. Likewise, the trade deadline market could have multiple power bat options that could help the team win, as in the case of C.J. Cron or superstar Shohei Ohtani.
This could cause Vogelbach to become available for trade at the trade deadline. It must be considered that he has value in the market due to his power, discipline at the plate, and his contract which is quite affordable.
This places Vogelbach as a good bench option for other teams while the Mets can cover areas of need or open up a space for their top prospects or new player acquisition. Still, Vogelbach would have to produce more for the Mets not to have to move him, while he looks like an ideal player to be traded in July.