New York Mets free agent target 2: Dee Strange-Gordon
One can never acquire too much speed on their roster, and even at age 35, Dee Strange-Gordon can still provide it, even in a limited capacity. Gordon led the majors in stolen bases three times in his career, and he had 58 or more stolen bases in each of those three. But even in his brief stint with the Nationals last year, he still had a much above average sprint speed, ranking in the 78th percentile in that department last year.
Strange-Gordon is also a good contact hitter and can hit to all fields, and he doesn’t need to hit home runs to be successful, especially with the shift ban becoming an issue for opposing defenses. He hit .305 in 59 at-bats last year, with half of his 18 hits going for infield hits. He would be excellent in pinch-hitting appearances coming off the bench.
Strange-Gordon also can wear his heart on his sleeve as well and provide more leadership. We all saw him hit that home run against the Mets the day after the shocking death of Jose Fernandez and can also play the outfield as we saw during his stint with Seattle. The Mets’ best contact hitter is their starting second baseman, so if the Mets are ever down Jeff McNeil, they could use Strange-Gordon’s bat to put runners on base and a stolen base threat.