It was a one-hit loss that ended the 2022 New York Mets season. While many of their best free agents are pitchers, the Mets will also need to address a starting lineup in need of some tweaking.
There is quite a lot of maneuvering the Mets can without subtracting much from the roster. The DH spot is important to bolster but so are a few other areas. The team just didn’t have quite enough in their batting order to put up a strong enough fight.
It’s Aaron Judge who should top every team’s list of dream position players to sign. Aside from him, there are three other free agent hitters for Billy Eppler to consider signing.
1) NY Mets fans are already imaging Trea Turner in this lineup
A longtime enemy of the Mets because of his days with the Washington Nationals, Trea Turner becomes a free agent this offseason. Although he is a shortstop and that position is locked up in Flushing with Francisco Lindor signed, second base is always an option.
Turner hit .298/.343/.466 this year for the Los Angeles Dodgers while hitting 21 home runs and driving in 100. All of this was also done with 27 stolen bases.
Needless to say, there is some fallout to consider with this signing. Second baseman Jeff McNeil would have to move but with a strong performance in the corner outfield spots, there is a place for him other than his usual spot.
Turner would be a dream signing and most likely not one we’d see the Mets make. If he or McNeil could play third base instead, it might make a little bit more sense although even then it could become a little tricky.
One final consideration: what if Mark Canha and/or Starling Marte gets used more often as a DH? Canha can also play first base and give Pete Alonso plenty of starts at the hitter-exclusive spot in the lineup.
There are ways to make Turner fit. If the Mets want him, it won’t take too much shuffling to get it right.