3) NY Mets can add to the infield with Xander Bogaerts
Another big fish to sign, Xander Bogaerts is likely to opt-out of his contract with the Boston Red Sox. Yet another shortstop, the same rules apply for him as they would for Turner.
Bogaerts batted .307/.377/.456 for Boston last year while knocking 15 home runs and driving in 73. He has had seasons in the past more closely resembling what Turner did this past year. In 2018, he hit 23 home runs while driving in 103. A season later, he had 33 home runs and 117 RBI.
Bogaerts brings a winning pedigree with him into free agency. The four-time All-Star shortstop has already won a pair of championships with the Red Sox. Could he win a third with the Mets?
Out of these three, a short-term deal with Abreu seems the likeliest to occur—but let’s never say never when it comes to Steve Cohen version of the Mets. It’s not impossible to find room for Bogaerts. Convincing him to play a different position would be the greatest challenge.
Whether it would end up being second base or third base with someone else taking on the DH duties from the expected defensive alignment we all have at the moment right now, there are ways to make this work.