While many have focused on Jacob deGrom's injury, and the continued availability of Michael Conforto in free agency, the lack of a contract extension between the New York Mets and Brandon Nimmo has flown under the radar.
Brandon Nimmo is in his age-29 season and has been an on-base machine for the New York Mets since entering the league. He has quickly become a fan favorite due to his vibrant personality, and tendency to always be smiling, no matter the outcome of an at-bat. Nimmo is a hard-nosed player, who always hustles, and even sprints to first base on walks.
Brandon Nimmo, Mets haven't even begun extension talks
However, despite the love from the fans, and his hard-nosed play style, Nimmo and the Mets have not even had discussions of a contract extension. In an interview with SNY, Nimmo said "I've expressed my interest in staying here, but nothing's come my way."
Nimmo seems to understand the desire to wait and see where things stand after this season from the Mets' perspective and it appears that that's the way things are headed. But, it begs the question of should the Mets have at least entertained extension talks? While it may be smart to wait until the offseason for a contract offer, it couldn't have hurt to see what Nimmo's asking price was now, in order to possibly lock him up long-term.
According to Baseball Reference, Nimmo has a career .392 on base percentage, with an .838 OPS, and 371 hits in his six-year career as a Met. His ability to get on base has made him a saber-metrics darling, and with him staying in center field this year, he will have every opportunity that he is able to contribute defensively as well.