1) NY Mets free agent DH option Kyle Schwarber
I’m not sure who first began the “Kyle Schwarber to the Mets” talk. Whoever it is, you built a bandwagon with some nice wheels.
With Mark Canha and Starling Marte at two of the outfield positions and Eduardo Escobar playing third base (or possibly second if Jeff McNeil is traded), there isn’t much room for another bat on the Mets aside from the DH spot. Fresh from a 32 home run campaign in only 471 plate appearances, Schwarber is one of the hottest names out there.
A catcher turned left fielder, Schwarber is a power-hitting lefty the Mets saw kill them plenty in 2021 when he was with the Washington Nationals. His tirade continued in his final 41 games of the season, now with the Boston Red Sox. He’s like everyone else on this list except for Castellanos. In mid-2021, he was traded.
Schwarber does have a few questions. Only a lifetime .237 hitter, his .266 average in 2021 might be unattainable again. Add in how poorly he has played his position, his free agent asking price is predicated largely on what people believe he can do at the plate.
On a short deal, Schwarber could be a great asset for the Mets. They could use another power bat for sure. Having hurt them plenty already, it would be nice to have him do the damage in their favor.