9) The Mets could use a corner outfield like Alex Verdugo in 2025
The Mets are well positioned in the center field with Brandon Nimmo and with the possible arrival of Drew Gilbert to MLB. However, the team has question marks in one of its corner outfields. Starling Marte continues to present recurring injury problems, especially to the groin, that have affected playing time in his career.
Within the farm system, the Mets have Ryan Clifford as a possible option in right field, but his profile seems more suitable for first base. Another prospect who could debut by 2025 is Alex Ramirez, a center fielder with potential and projection but his ability to make contact has been deteriorating over time.
Ramirez could still be a future MLB star but if he fails to produce as expected the addition of Alex Verdugo would be ideal for 2025. Verdugo is a left-handed outfielder with elite contact ability and good corner defense that can give him the Mets a good bat in the lower-middle part of the lineup.
Verdugo has been elite in xBA and BB% with a powerful arm and average speed. In 2025 the left-handed hitter would be just 29 years old and could offer some years of production in his prime for the Mets' offense.