2) Mets re-signed center fielder Brandon Nimmo
Brandon Nimmo was projected to land a massive free-agent contract last season after a breakout year at the plate and on the defensive end. The interest of the market for a true center fielder with discipline at home plate and personality like the Nimmo attracted many suitors for his services.
This made us think that, after the payroll level that the team had already reached, the Mets would start 2023 with another lower-level center fielder or take Starling Marte to his old position. Without Nimmo, the team had to demand a lot from a player the age of Marte who has already had problems staying healthy throughout his career.
Money aside, the Nimmo-Mets relationship was always good and the interest on both sides in getting a contract was evident. But Steve Cohen's commitment to a championship made him go further and offer Nimmo an offer he couldn't refuse, eight years and $162 million.
The evaluation of the Mets was simple. Replacing Nimmo at the top of the lineup, clubhouse, and outfield was going to be extremely difficult and therefore, they decided to do the unexpected to achieve it.
Now the Mets have a homegrown talent, committed to the team, with exceptional skills at the plate and an effort to improve day-to-day demonstrated in a breakthrough defense in center field. This move guarantees the team can compete for the title this 2023 and beyond.