3) NY Mets contract the team may have to eat: Tommy Pham
Mark Canha is one guy whose contract could get eaten but it’s quite high in comparison to what the Mets are paying Tommy Pham. At $6 million, it’s the third-highest salary the Mets may need to cut with a fork and knife this year.
Pham has gotten off to a decent start. Thoughts of them parting with him are way too premature. We also know better than to believe anything we’ve seen in the first few weeks of the season.
Among all of the additions the Mets made this offseason, the free agent signing of Pham was met with the most disdain from the fans. It’s a bit silly considering his role with the team as a fourth outfielder. Many were hoping the team would sign Adam Duvall or Andrew McCutchen. Far more popular players and seemingly better ones in several regards, Pham ended up as one of the last logical choices for the Mets to add.
Early on, the Pham signing seems like a good choice. There is a lot of season left. Hitting almost exclusively against left-handed pitchers should help his overall numbers. Buck Showalter has already shown faith in him by batting him leadoff on an off-day for Brandon Nimmo.
Things can always change. A rough stretch from Pham could always have the team looking elsewhere for help in July or August.