Hey jealousy. The other teams in the NL East have it, too. And you can’t trust them not to think. And not to look around. And if you don’t expect much from the New York Mets, you might be let down.
The Mets had an amazing offseason, successfully replacing all of their free agents. The rest of the NL East did well, too, but a couple of the moves made by the Amazins should have fans of their biggest rivals wondering if they should have attacked a little more aggressively in making the additions instead.
These three specific deals should have the Miami Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies, and Atlanta Braves fans turning green.
1) NY Mets should make the Marlins fans jealous of the Brandon Nimmo deal
The Marlins will have Jazz Chisholm in center field this year. This sounds a bit preposterous. After an offseason of being able to address the position, they chose to move their starting second baseman somewhere new.
Chisholm is an up-and-coming future star whose 2022 season was derailed by injury. He hasn’t quite gotten to the level many believe he can reach. Nonetheless, it should scare Marlins fans to see the club playing a guy out of position. It feels like Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes together on the roster all over again.
Imagine if the Marlins had one of the best overall center fielders in the game like Brandon Nimmo. Take the contract out of the equation. They were never going to pay him to come to Miami. The talent, on the other hand, is at a different level than many players on the Miami roster. The Mets are counting on Nimmo for topnotch offense and defense this season and beyond. The Marlins shouldn’t feel too overconfident in their center field decision.