3 players added this offseason we should be more bullish on in 2023
If New York Mets players were stocks, you might want to buy these three right now. Added during the offseason in one of the better winters the team has ever had, we should all be bullish on them.
Two rebound candidates and a guy who is more of a wild card are getting added to my baseball player brokerage account.
1) NY Mets catcher Omar Narvaez is a huge bounce-back candidate
Omar Narvaez is coming off of a bad season with the Milwaukee Brewers. He batted .206/.292/.305 in 296 plate appearances. His three seasons with them were a sandwich if the bread was made out of poorly-cooked cauliflower. He was a .176/.294/.269 hitter in 2020 before slashing .266/.342/.402 in his All-Star campaign back in 2021.
Narvaez is actually much more like the 2021 version of himself than the bookend of his time in Milwaukee. He joins the Mets as a lifetime .258/.343/.386 hitter. Expected to split some time behind the plate with Tomas Nido, he can only benefit from regular rest and getting to feast on right-handed pitchers most of the time.
The left-handed hitting catcher is a .268/.345/.406 hitter against righties. Against lefties, he’s slashing just .206/.331/.282. It’s easy to see how the Mets should deploy their catching platoon if offense is something they value. It should be. Neither catcher should become a personal one for any of the starters. Too much time in past seasons has been spent with starters preferring one over the other.
Narvaez will sit regularly and may not always finish games he starts. He’s definitely a buy-low candidate who should appear in nearly every game where the Mets face a right-handed starter. It’ll boost his numbers. He has the potential to have one of the better offensive years from a Mets catcher in recent seasons.