3 moves the New York Mets should make once the lockout ends
SIGN KYLE SCHWARBER
Remember when Kyle Schwarber went absolutely nuclear last year? If you’re a Mets fan you probably tried not to remember how Schwarber obliterated the Mets last year. If you were one of those fans trying not to remember, you might want to look away.
In 42 plate appearances against the Mets, the lefty slashed .395/.424/1.158 with nine homers and 15 RBIs. He also had a field day against Taijuan Walker, putting up an otherworldly line of .500/.545/2.000 with five hits in 10 at bats…all of which are home runs.
Okay, so we know that Schwarber owns the Mets, but will he be as productive if he’s on the Mets?
When Schwarber wasn’t terrorizing Mets pitching, he was casually tying the MLB record for most homers in a 10-game span with 12. Schwarber would be traded at the deadline to the Boston Red Sox and would finish 2021 with 32 homers. Not bad for signing a one-year, show-me deal for $10M last offseason.
What’s most important, aside from not having to face Schwarber, is the fact that his presence brings some much needed power from the left side of the plate. Check out this stat from Matthew Brownstein:
Here are some things to like about signing Schwarber:
- He won’t command a $100M deal
- The DH is most likely coming to the NL in 2022
- He didn’t receive a qualifying offer because he was traded midseason so he won’t cost a draft pick
With the Mets needing left-handed power, especially with the absence of Michael Conforto, Schwarber could be a great fit in the lineup for the next few years