Mets DH options for the 2023 season: Platoons, big signings, and other strategies

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2) NY Mets can look for another everyday DH in free agency or a trade

I probably wouldn’t trade for a DH in the offseason. Signing one is a different story. There are some guys out there. J.D. Martinez is coming off of a low-power, high average season. So is Jose Abreu. Abreu is more likely to see action in the field than Martinez whose days as an outfielder seem to have passed by completely.

Abreu as the Mets DH is a huge improvement over Vogelbach. He wouldn’t get stuck playing only half of the games either. The idea of having an everyday DH over a platoon is far more appealing. There’s no second-guessing the manager.

Abreu saw his power numbers dip a lot last season but he hit over .300 and continued to drive in runs. He’d be worth a high one or two-year deal. As for Vogelbach, the Mets would dispose of him. He’s taking up too much space in this situation.

There are other players to look at, too. Josh Bell is a first baseman who can play some corner outfield. Anthony Rizzo is an unlikely candidate yet not impossible one to end up with the Mets.

The thing about the DH spot is that there are so many directions to go. The Mets could even do something amazing and sign Trea Turner to become the starting second baseman and have a different DH every game.

A free agent signing for the DH spot or moving someone else there regularly seems to be a pretty great plan. Vogelbach's contract isn't a lot. The Mets should be open to other options. Likely, players of starting quality are now off the board.