The New York Mets are in the midst of what could turn out to be a very crucial offseason. For the first month of this year's edition, most of the conversation has been surrounded by free agent outfielder Aaron Judge and where he would sign. Well, we finally got the answer to that question on Wednesday, as the reigning American League MVP decided to re-sign with the New York Yankees, signing a 9-year $360 million contract.
The question that many Mets fans are now wondering is, what does this mean for the Amazins' chances of bringing back Brandon Nimmo?
The Yankees signing Judge provides one less obstacle for a Brandon Nimmo reunion with the Mets
Mets owner Steve Cohen and company have already had an eventful offseason so far. After the loss of their ace Jacob deGrom, New York quickly responded by going out and signing the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner in Justin Verlander to a 2-year $86 million contract. The Mets also went out and signed starting pitcher Jose Quintana to a multi-year deal while making a couple trades to bolster their bullpen.
With all this money being spent on pitching, what's left for the offense? Well, when Steve Cohen is your owner, there is really no limit. The problem for the Metropolitans isn't the amount of money they can spend. It's if there are any other teams out looking looking to swipe Nimmo from Queens. 48 hours ago, their cross town rival classified as one of those suitors.
With Aaron Judge being rumored to possibly be headed out west to join the San Fransisco Giants, it seemed clear that the Bronx Bombers would be in the market for an outfielder to replace Judge. A left handed hitting center fielder that could bat leadoff and is great defensively? Tough to argue that anyone needs that more than the Yankees.
With that being said, now that the Yanks have brought back their franchise player, you would have to think that their focus is now going to be headed in a different direction other than outfield. The reigning AL East champs are expected to be in the market for a starting pitcher and maybe also a middle infielder.
What does this all mean for the Mets? Now since it's expected that the Yankees won't make a run at Nimmo, it makes the possibly of him returning to Flushing that much higher. As upset as Mets fans might be that the Yankees did not experience any pain and suffering from an Aaron Judge departure, maybe this could end up being a positive for the Mets if Brandon Nimmo comes back and is a big part of a championship winning team.
At the moment, we don't know if Brandon Nimmo will be a Met in 2023 (maybe the Giants, who just lost out on Judge, will now be interested in signing the soon to be 30 year old), and we don't know if Brandon Nimmo will ever get to hold the Commissioner's Trophy wearing the blue and orange. But right now, we do know that there is still hope and that's all we ever ask for as Mets fans.