The New York Mets Opening Day starting lineup will come out later today but it’s an easy guess as to who the nine starters will be. Someone will have to step on a LEGO at this point for something to change. Let’s hope Brandon Nimmo lets someone else cook his chicken.
As the case is every year, some of the players in the Opening Day lineup are about to find themselves there for the last time. It’s these three Mets we should most expect to not return next season or at least find themselves on the bench to start the 2024 campaign.
1) NY Mets third baseman Eduardo Escobar will not be in next year’s Opening Day lineup
This is an easy one. The Mets were already willing to pay Carlos Correa a lot of money to upgrade over Eduardo Escobar. It wouldn’t be a shock to see them look outside of the organization next offseason yet again as they hope to upgrade the hot corner.
Escobar’s contract includes a $9 million team option for the 2024 season. He’s going to have to hammer baseballs at an elite rate for them to even consider picking this up. Because there is an obvious replacement already within the system, it’s hard to imagine the Mets paying $9 million to a bench player trending downward.
Brett Baty is the guy we should all have in mind to replace Escobar in next year’s Opening Day starting lineup. For plenty of fans, he was the guy who should’ve replaced Escobar in this year’s lineup.
Baty may not outright win the third base job this year. For the sake of saving even a little bit of Steve Cohen’s money, there are better players to pair with him at third base and on the bench than Escobar.