5) Brett Baty
If the Mets are going to shop Vientos and Mauricio, putting Brett Baty on the block as well needs to happen. It’s not a foregone conclusion that any of the three are traded away, but with all of the options out there and an offseason to flip the switch to look at completely different choices in free agency or trades, we need to consider the prized third base prospect getting moved.
The Mets were ready to at least move Baty away from third base last winter when they swooped in on the Carlos Correa sweepstakes in the middle of the night. Baty was a far more appealing trade candidate then. The past season put a damper on that.
In 389 trips to the plate, Baty slashed .212/.275/.323 with 9 home runs. As down as many feel about Vientos, he outperformed Baty on the offensive side of things with far fewer opportunities.
Suspect defense added into the picture as well, it’s easy to see why the Mets could be down on Baty. A change in the front office should only make it more possible due to the lack of attachment to a guy we were all so sure would be in the 2023 Rookie of the Year race and not a player who was demoted in the second-half.