What the Carlos Correa signing means for Brett Baty

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The future third baseman of the New York Mets is no longer Brett Baty. The Carlos Correa signing massively changes the direction of his life, career, and standing with the Mets.

A young kid who has only sipped some major league coffee thus far, Baty doesn’t have too many other places to go on the MLB roster. What’s next for him?

The Mets have a couple of choices with Brett Baty

A trade is the first thing that comes to mind. The Mets shouldn’t be rushing out there to trade him. Dealing him in the right transaction is what they should have in mind. Because he does have minor league options, there’s no absolute rush to pull the trigger on anything short of an absolute steal of a deal.

It’s Triple-A where Baty can play this season until needed in the big leagues. Baty is a reasonable third base or DH candidate for the club this season if needed. We shouldn’t be sold on this point that Daniel Vogelbach will make it to Opening Day. However, the Mets probably wouldn’t choose Baty over him for those at-bats. They would be far more likely to keep him in the minors.

The major league roster as a backup is the one spot we shouldn’t see Baty often. There’s not much of a necessity to it. He’s not a great defender. He needs to hit. Limiting his playing time is wasteful.

Short of the Mets doing something we can’t even conceive of, it does appear that Baty’s time with the organization is limited. He can hang around for the 2023 season as a depth bat. He’s an ideal trade deadline candidate, too.

One thing we all do realize with the Correa signing, our Baty hype seeing him become the next superstar third baseman in Mets history won’t happen.

He can still end up as a major contributor to the 2023 season. It may be working as a proxy. Every club out there suddenly sees what the Mets have done. They know Baty will be available. What will they give up to get him?

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