Luis Guillorme will be playing for the Atlanta Braves in 2024. Who thought we’d see the day? In all fairness to him, the New York Mets moved on. Where better to get your vengeance than in Atlanta with a team stacked to the roof with talent, team-friendly deals, and a growing list of trollish moves to attempt to get under the skin of Mets fans?
Seeing Travis d’Arnaud thrive with them for several years now and win a championship was strange enough. Now they’ve added Guillorme on top of an offseason where they had already traded for Jarred Kelenic. Is there a player Mets fans have watched more closely with a pair of binoculars since 2019 than Kelenic? Pete Crow-Armstrong, you're next.
While fully understanding the Guillorme deal might’ve happened regardless of who his ex-team is, a little bit of retaliation wouldn’t be bad for the Mets. Take it personally. Fight back.
Signing 2021 World Series MVP Jorge Soler is a good way for the Mets to attack back
Yeah, Braves fans aren’t going to really care much about Soler landing with the Mets. They’ve seen him for two straight years as a member of the Miami Marlins where he had two very different seasons. The Mets actually have the option of pursuing several different former Braves in free agency right now. Along with Soler, Joc Pederson looks like a potential fit for them in the DH spot. Less so now that they’ve added Harrison Bader, Eddie Rosario and Adam Duvall are available, too.
The Braves were quick to move on from Soler after a spectacular run with them for 55 regular season games and a monstrous World Series. He was essentially benched by the ball club in the NLCS after going 1 for 11 in the NLDS prior.
The past is the past. The Mets are going to be looking toward the future and what Soler can offer them. Fresh from a .250/.341/.512 season with 36 home runs and 75 RBI, he’s one of many power bats the team could entrust to hit behind Pete Alonso in the order. It’s the one vacant spot in the starting lineup left for the team to fill. Unlike some of the other available options for the Mets, Soler is a true slugger who has averaged 32 long balls per 162 games in his career.
Still doubtful the Mets will sign a DH for anything more than a year or two, the chances of Soler coming to Queens seems slim. David Stearns probably doesn’t care much about Guillorme landing in Atlanta. If he has a vindictive bone in his body, someone needs to remind him about Orlando Arcia.
We wish Guillorme all the best in Atlanta, except when he plays the Mets and any time we need the Braves to lose.