There are two types of New York Mets fans right now. There are those who have turned their attention to 2024 and are skipping the playoffs entirely, and there are those who are hate-watching the Braves-Phillies series and rooting for literally anyone else to win.
For those still watching, some intriguing free agent targets can be found in both the National League and American League Championship Series, and now is the perfect time to get familiar with them.
Let's take a look at one player from each team that would look good in a Mets uniform in 2024.
Lourdes Gurriel, Jr.
Mark Canha and Tommy Pham were both dealt by the Mets at the trade deadline, and before they left, the two combined for over 100 starts in left field. Jeff McNeil mostly took over in left down the stretch, but with his ability to play multiple positions, it will be interesting to see where he plugs in next year.
McNeil's defensive future may come down to how much the Mets are willing to commit to Ronny Mauricio as the team's second baseman of the future. If Mauricio doesn't get the green light and McNeil plays mostly at second again, one intriguing option for the outfield could be Lourdes Gurriel, Jr.
Gurriel spent his career with the Blue Jays before joining the Diamondbacks this year, and the 30-year old enjoyed his best season, posting career highs in homers, doubles, total bases, and WAR on the way to making his first All-Star team.
Gurriel was extremely durable, playing in 145 games. The Mets were hamstrung all season by Starling Marte's injuries, so being able to pencil in another dependable guy like Francisco Lindor and Pete Alonso into the lineup each night carries a lot of value.
Most Mets fans are ready to move on from Daniel Vogelbach, which would open up at-bats at DH. Signing Gurriel could allow the Mets to keep both he and McNeil fresh by playing them both in left and at DH.
Mets fans are looking for a player that can help them get to the postseason and perform on the biggest stage. Gurriel has a hit in four out of five playoff games, including an RBI single and a homer in Game 2 against the Dodgers. He'd look great in blue and orange.