If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Or at least take some of their former players. Three free agents who once represented the Atlanta Braves will become available this offseason for the New York Mets. Each helped the Braves win in 2021. Can any help the Mets achieve the goal in 2024?
It's these three former Braves the Mets should look at in free agency to, you know, steal an ex from one of their most bitter rivals.
1) Jorge Soler
Jorge Soler was huge for the Braves in 2021 and managed to land himself a sweet deal in free agency with the Miami Marlins because of it. He had a mostly unproductive first season in Miami. Soler shined brightly this past year.
Which version of Soler will his next team get? Will it be the .207/.295/.400 hitter from 2022 that missed more than half the season or the 36 homer slugger that slashed .250/.341/.512 as he did in 2023?
The fit for Soler is obvious. He can play one of the corner outfield spots occasionally while taking on the bulk of the DH duties. Adding 30+ home runs to the Mets lineup would be huge even if he is an imperfect player.
Soler turned down his $9 million option for 2024 to test free agency again. It was the smart choice for a guy with only one more big chance at a multi-year contract. He shouldn’t be a top choice for the Mets by any means. Beyond being a DH option for the ball club to fall back on for a shorter deal, he’s not an exceptional target.