Mets Free Agent No. 10: Brandon Nimmo
Finally. Brandon Nimmo is getting the attention he deserves for what he brings to the table. He has been flying under the radar his entire career because of his injury history. But, he has had a great season thus far, batting .294, with a .385 on-base percentage, and an .836 OPS, and is on pace for a 6.7 WAR season with 177 hits and 53 extra-base hits. Also, don’t forget to mention his plate discipline is unreal, with a knowledge of the strike zone as good as it gets across the sport.
Nimmo has also gotten better as a defensive outfielder as his career has come along, and is on track for the best season of his career as a defensive center fielder, which adds to his value. He hasn’t committed an error in 78 chances in the outfield. Also, his sprint speed is in the top 10 percent of the game. He is part of a team that is hustling with every ball in play, both at the plate and on the field, and is someone who will definitely help bring a winning culture wherever he lands up.
MLB Trade Rumors notes that similar outfielders at this stage of their careers got five year contracts like Lorenzo Cain and Dexter Fowler, but teams may be reluctant to hand Nimmo a contract of that length due to health concerns. That is good enough for Nimmo to rank as the 10th best free agent in his class and the best center fielder.