The New York Mets front office was certainly hard at work over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, as last Friday, they brought in 3 free agent hitters in the form of outfielders Starling Marte and Mark Canha, and infielder Eduardo Escobar.
The arrival of these three into Queens is a sign that the Mets plan on being serious contenders this season, hoping to improve on their offensive woes from 2021. However, this does put several other players' futures in New York into flux, one of whom is 3B/LF J.D. Davis.
Davis originally joined the Mets prior to the 2019 season in a trade from the Houston Astros. Originally slated to be a reserve infielder, JD has shown flashes of his true potential while with the Mets, and at various times has found himself as a member of the everyday lineup.
Over his 3 years in New York, Davis has appeared in a total of 269 games for the Mets, hitting a total of .288 with a .384 OBP, along with 33 home runs and 99 RBI. In addition to that, Davis has also shown to be versatile defensively, able to man both third base and left field for New York.
Despite Davis' upside and potential as a ball player, for one reason or another, the Mets have had difficulty finding a consistent place for him in the line up, either due to his defense in the field or simply by being blocked by another player the Mets prefer over him.
The arrival of these 3 new free agent hitters, namely Eduardo Escobar, was an All-Star third baseman in 2021, may be taken as an ominous sign for Davis' future as a starter. Given his defensive versatility and track record as a utility man / pinch hitter, Davis would still be an excellent hand to have on the bench.
However, if the Mets don't plan on using Davis as a starter despite his potential and if they are in a "win-now" mindset, then they may be wise to explore the market for JD Davis in an attempt to improve a different position on the team.
Which teams would be good trade partners for the New York Mets to deal J.D. Davis to?
Ideally, whichever team the Mets would look to partner with should be in the market for either a third baseman or a left fielder, or in the case of an American League team, an opening for a new designated hitter.
As for what the Mets should look for in return, the best case scenario for a trade would be to acquire players that address the teams’ biggest needs, which are either outfielders or starting pitching, either at the major or minor league level.
With all that said, here are 3 teams would be ideal trade partners for the New York Mets: