The New York Mets acquired Tyrone Taylor as a part of a package deal that sent both him and Adrian Houser to the team a little over a month ago. This is a move that David Stearns made to simply add depth to the lineup as well as the rotation in the same trade.
Taylor is a below-average hitter with decent numbers considering he only played 81 games last season for the Milwaukee Brewers. He had some memorable moments with his former team, especially his two-run homer in game 1 of the Wild Card Series. However, his offense has never been his strong suit and it was his defense that has always been the best part of his game.
What can Taylor provide defensively for the Mets?
Taylor has always been good with his glove but Mets fans may have overlooked just how good he is. The veteran has never made an error across parts of 5 MLB seasons which is a total of 331 games.
According to baseball savant, Taylor has an arm value of 81 and his arm strength is at an 85. This means that he is not only going to be a defensive juggernaut but he is also going to be able to throw runners out at an extremely efficient rate. Not to mention the Mets were also ranked 17th in errors per game so they were struggling a ton in this category in 2023.
The Mets need to have these defensive weapons at their disposal in order to improve as much as possible heading into 2024. Stearns has done a great job of evaluating this type of talent and has found gems that could potentially lead the team to a playoff spot this year. Taylor is also going to play alongside Joey Wendle who has always had a great glove and Harrison Bader who won the Gold Glove Award in 2021. These moves are going to be greatly appreciated as the season moves on, and it is going to be fun to see just how long Taylor could keep this streak alive.