If there's one thing New York Mets fans hate, it's Mets killers. Players who seem to be at the top of their game when they face the Mets more than against any other team.
Paul DeJong has had trouble hitting throughout much of his career, but he has more career home runs against the Mets than he does against the Brewers despite playing most of his career in the NL Central. One of the more popular Met killers in recent years is Daniel Murphy, a former Mets postseason hero who destroyed them every chance he got in Washington. We can even dig a bit deeper and look at Adeiny Hechavarria, a player who was released by the Mets right before he could cash in on a roster bonus and wound up tormenting them with the Braves soon after.
The list of Mets killers is larger than any Mets fan would like to admit, and there's a good chance these four players will be the newest additions after joining the NL East.
1) Luis Guillorme
Non-tendering Luis Guillorme made a lot of sense. While his defensive versatility was always appreciated, he never quite hit enough to have a permanent roster spot and didn't have the speed to make him a very valuable bench piece. While the Joey Wendle signing was underwhelming, he's probably a better all-around player than Guillorme while offering the same versatility.
Mets fans were ready to watch their fan-favorite sign elsewhere and get a chance to potentially play more. Mets fans would've been fine with him going anywhere else, and even would've been fine with him signing with a couple of other teams in the division but the Braves of all teams? Really?
Guillorme signed a one-year deal worth $1.1 million with the Braves to replace the recently-departed Nicky Lopez and Vaughn Grissom as their backup infielder. With Austin Riley, Orlando Arcia, and Ozzie Albies locked in at the positions Guillorme plays the 29-year-old likely won't play much, but we already know he's going to annoy the Mets.
Guillorme will find a way to poke a heartbreaking single through a vacant hole in the infield, perhaps past Joey Wendle, to win a game for Atlanta in New York. He might even make a game-saving defensive play to rob the Mets of a key hit. We know how this works. A Mets fan-favorite putting on the uniform of a rival never ends well. We just have to hope this marriage only lasts the one year and the Braves don't find a way to get him to extend while donating a portion of his contract to their charity.