2) NY Mets Brandon Nimmo replacement: Orioles outfielder Cedric Mullins
The Baltimore Orioles are currently in a different position than the Pirates. After three 100+ losing seasons in the last four years, the O’s have finally made a leap towards the right direction as they currently find themselves in the thick of the American League Wild Card race with September right around the corner. Cedric Mullins has been a big piece of that young core.
With that being said, after this year, the 27 year old is set to enter arbitration and the Orioles have yet to make it known as to whether or not they plan to offer a long term extension. If they plan to trade the 2021 All-Star, now would be the time as they could look to get multiple MLB ready players (i.e., Mark Vientos).
The 2022 Mets have had a lot of success in many areas of the game this year but there is one thing they have lacked: speed. Only two players on this ball club have north of three stolen bases this year (Marte, who has 17, and Lindor with 13). Fittingly enough, Cedric Mullins is coming off of a 2021 campaign in which he joined the 30-30 club (30 HRs and 30 SBs) while stealing another 25 bases so far this season. With a career batting average nearly identical to Nimmo’s to add to the speed he brings to the table, Cedric Mullins could slide in as the perfect leadoff hitter in Queens.