3) J.D. Martinez could be the short-term answer for the Mets' DH position
The Los Angeles Dodgers made a bet on a veteran player in the figure of J.D. Martinez this past season and it paid off. The former Boston Red Sox designated hitter had a productive season that covered the US$10 million he received from his contract.
Martinez posted a productive line of .271/.321/.572/.893 with 33 home runs and 103 RBIs in 113 games played. During that period, the designated hitter produced 27 doubles and had 117 hits, averaging more than one per game played.
Martinez had a productive year posting the best hard hit and exit velocity of his career, in turn generating an xSLG in the top 4% of the league. This combination of power and his ability to elevate the ball more in 2023 were the reasons why his numbers were so good this season that ends.
Despite his health issues and age, Martinez continues to be a highly productive hitter who would be ideal for the middle of the Mets' lineup. With a one-year contract, the Mets could secure Martinez for 2024, serving as a player of great contribution to keep the team competitive and in turn, serve as a bridge in the lineup as the top prospects come knocking on the door.