2) NY Mets outfielder Tommy Pham is moving up the depth chart
The name Tommy Pham shall no longer be breathed in the same sentence as the letters DFA. Among all of the major Mets offseason moves they made, the one-year contract they handed to him seemed to be the most lambasted by the fans. It was notably underwhelming when fans were hoping for a bigger final addition to the offense.
Through some good times and some bad, Pham is trending toward the former. He’s now batting .255/.331/.471 with 7 home runs and 29 RBI. The runs batted in ranks fourth on the team behind only Pete Alonso, Francisco Lindor, and Brandon Nimmo. All of them have played significantly more than Pham so it stands to reason they’d be ahead of him.
Pham may have already moved ahead of Mark Canha on the Mets depth chart. The team’s original starting left fielder is hitting .242/.335/.387 this season with 5 home runs and 24 RBI. It might not seem significant but when we look at Pham’s .802 OPS compared to the .722 from Canha, the difference is clear.
Pham is getting more regular starts for the Mets and finding himself in the center of the lineup on a regular basis. While not technically the starting left fielder, there’s a good case to say he is higher than Canha.