1) NY Mets free agent targets to pursue: Brandon Nimmo
Brandon Nimmo is the guy I believe the Mets have to bring back most of all. He gets on base at an elite clip, is a clutch hitter, an elite defender, and is loved by the fans.
Out of all of the Mets' free agents, I believe Nimmo is the most irreplaceable. He's the kind of all-around center fielder who's hard to find.
Nimmo has turned from a disaster in center field just a couple of seasons ago into one of the better defensive center fielders in the game. He was in the 91st percentile in outs above average in center field this season according to baseball savant.
Nimmo of course made one of the best catches I've ever seen when he robbed Justin Turner of a home run in a game this past season.
Nimmo slashed .274/.367/.433 with 16 home runs and 64 RBI. He led the league with seven triples and had a 130 OPS+.
Nimmo was 13th among NL position players and second among all center fielders, only behind Aaron Judge who played most of his games in right field, with a 5.4 fWAR.
The 29-year-old is pretty much the only center fielder other than Judge I'd feel comfortable with the Mets signing.
Judge will get such a massive contract that I believe it'd limit what the Mets could do with their pitching. Nimmo however will get something around five or six years for around $150 million dollars which is much easier to stomach if I'm Billy Eppler.
Nimmo is the player the Mets need to bring back the most and should be brought back