4) Omar Narvaez
A little bit of a different twist on this list, Omar Narvaez is someone Mets fans are unified in wanting to see go elsewhere. He’s far more likely to get moved than teammate Starling Marte, another veteran in a similar spot.
The same statements about the presence of Alvarez on the roster are true for Narvaez but more immediate. What purpose does Narvaez serve as a backup making $7 million, especially if he repeats last year’s performance?
In only 49 games and 146 plate appearances, Narvaez slashed .211/.283/.297. It was actually a near repeat of what he did the year prior when he was a .206/.292/.305 hitter for the Milwaukee Brewers. At this point, it’s unfair to say the 2023 season was all to blame on injuries. Narvaez has been bad in back-to-back seasons.
With this sort of trade, it would resemble what the Mets did with James McCann. He was dumped onto the Baltimore Orioles with the Mets absorbing most of the salary. Can or will they pull off something similar again this offseason? Fans will rejoice if they do.
Meanwhile, Marte’s much more significant salary will make him a tougher trade candidate. We need to wonder exactly how much money Steve Cohen is willing to eat for players who get a shot at a championship somewhere else.