2) Trade for Luis Robert
The availability of Luis Robert is hard to know. He’ll still be under contract with the Chicago White Sox next winter—if he isn’t traded beforehand.
Robert has been long-viewed as a future MLB star. He was the Rookie of the Year runner-up in 2020 and a sophomore who hit .338 in 2021. However, limited to just 68 games in his second year and just another 98 in 2022, one had to wonder if he was a bit too fragile to ever become a truly great player.
Well, Robert stayed on the field in 2023. An All-Star and Silver Slugger recipient, he smashed 38 home runs and drove in 80. Not without his faults, Robert walked 30 times compared to 172 strikeouts. His .264/.315/.542 slash line was a bit lower than the White Sox would have liked to see.
It’s the power surge complete with another 36 doubles which makes Robert suddenly a dream addition for any ball club looking to build a super team. He posted a 1.1 WAR on defense while exclusively manning one of the toughest positions on the field.
If the Mets are looking for a different center fielder next offseason, a trade for Robert is worth exploring. He’d cost quite a bit. Only 26-years-old right now, he’s one of the few position players who might be worth it.