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

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3) NY Mets can figure out the DH spot later

As much fun as it is to find all of the DH possibilities, we already know whatever the spot in the lineup looks like on Opening Day might not be the case by the time we turn on our air conditioners for the first time. MLB rosters are fluid. Things change frequently.

The Mets could always head into the 2023 season without much of a sure plan at the DH spot. It could be a situation where they mix and match guys regularly. A designated hitter doesn’t have to be so designated every day. That can and probably should change on a regular basis.

What the team can’t do is get too married to the current roster. Even if they bring Brandon Nimmo back, they can’t believe they have enough to seriously compete. There are growing pains for some of the kids on the way. We shouldn’t expect Alvarez, Baty, or Vientos to be immediate impact players. Some or all will struggle.

Leaving flexibility at the DH spot isn’t such a poor plan. If the Mets signed someone like Abreu, they’d be a bit trapped. Someone who can at least play the outfield or a position other than first base would be a nice addition.

What’s the name of that guy the New York Yankees had? He might not mind playing 130 games in right field and being a DH for 32 more.

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