As the mostly uneventful MLB Winter Meetings come to an end, there is still plenty of talent left in the free agent pool as well as talent that can be had via trade, that the New York Mets front office can target. While it seems they have all of their chips pushed into the middle of the table on Yoshinobu Yamamoto, that process is expected to take some time to play out.
The Mets have a plethora of needs they still need to address including the bullpen, starting rotation, and the outfield. While many of the deals they have done to this point have been more low-risk, high-upside signings I expect that trend to continue with their next move.
The Mets have shown strong interest in free agent outfielder Michael A. Taylor and I anticipate the front office not waiting too much longer to pull the trigger on signing the former Minnesota Twins Outfielder. The 32-year-old former Gold Glove Award winner would provide the Mets bench with an upgrade as a fourth outfielder that I believe they missed out on most of last season.
The Mets have an opportunity to fill a need on their bench with Michael Taylor
Taylor had a career year with the bat slugging 21 home runs and he could provide the Mets with some pop that they sorely lacked for most of the season. Taylor's market is beginning to take shape as the Mets are not the only team in on his services, as the Reds, Blue Jays, and Red Sox all seem to be vying for his services according to MLB Reporter Jon Morosi.
With Taylor's market beginning to heat up, the Mets may want to strike while the iron is hot as Taylor's name seems to be a hot commodity over the last couple of days. While Taylor may not be the impact player Mets fans are currently looking for, he's a solid veteran who will help fortify the bench for the 2024 season.