2) If the Mets decide to go for a lengthy contract player, Teoscar Hernandez would be the ideal
The Mets will likely decide to go down the route of signing short-term players because the prospects in their farm system may be ready soon. However, if the Mets decide to go a safer route and sign a player for several years, one of the best options would be Teoscar Hernandez.
Teoscar Hernandez finished the 2023 season with a regression after several highly productive seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays. Hernandez hit 26 homers and 93 RBIs with the Seattle Mariners in the final year of his contract.
The 31-year-old has been an underrated player. Teoscar has averaged more than 25 home runs, more than 95 RBIs with an average greater than .260 and an SLG of more than .490 in the last three years.
Although Teoscar may be looking for a long contract, the financial commitment of a player of his caliber would not be as high as in previous years. Due to his decline in production the last two years, the Mets could sign him to a multi-year contract with an AAV below $20 million which would be ideal.
With Hernandez in the lineup, the Mets would have a productive offensive weapon in the middle of the lineup capable of also covering the outfield. Teoscar is a player with above-average range in the outfield and also has an elite arm at the position with an arm value located in the top 12% of the league.