3 free agents the Mets should sign ASAP, 2 they should let go somewhere else

It's time for David Stearns to make some moves.

Aug 20, 2023; Bronx, New York, USA;  Boston Red Sox first baseman Justin Turner (2) at Yankee
Aug 20, 2023; Bronx, New York, USA; Boston Red Sox first baseman Justin Turner (2) at Yankee / Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
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The Mets should let Gio Urshela go somewhere else

Justin Turner would be signed to be the DH who can also play third base if Brett Baty either gets injured or simply doesn't pan out. If the Mets were to sign Gio Urshela, a player they've expressed interest in, it feels like Baty might not be in their plans for 2024. That'd be a mistake.

It's become abundantly clear that after missing out on Yamamoto, the Mets are planning on playing for 2025 and beyond. That's not to say they won't do anything this offseason, but they're trying to evaluate the pieces they have right now and determine who should stay for the long haul. Baty, a former top prospect, is a player they need to be evaluating.

We know Baty can hit AAA pitching. He's done that the last couple of years now when given the chance. He has not hit MLB pitching at all. This is the season to see if it'll ever happen. The reason an Urshela signing doesn't make sense is he doesn't fit as a DH. He's a fine hitter, but where he really shines is in the field at the hot corner. The Mets should not make Baty a DH even with his defense a question mark as well. At least not now.

Urshela would've made more sense for the Mets before they gave Joey Wendle a MLB deal. Had they done that, he could've been a backup infielder who could play all over the diamond. Signing him now would make him their primary third baseman which is exactly what should not happen. Good player, but doesn't make sense on this team for 2024.