2) NY Mets outfielder Tommy Pham is in a much better situation
A lot of Mets fans were disappointed with the signing of Tommy Pham. The last of the major additions the team made, and in a lot of ways the last reasonable choice, it’s not a horrendous move in any way. Pham joins New York on the down swing of his career. He hasn’t hit all that well in recent years but as a fourth outfielder who should only start regularly versus left-handed pitchers, Pham is in a much better situation than he was in the past.
Last year was weird for Pham. The centerpiece of the slap across Joc Pederson’s face, he went from the very bad Cincinnati Reds to a collapsing Boston Red Sox ball club at the trade deadline. He finished the season hitting .236/.312/.374 with 17 home runs. It was close to what he did the year prior with the San Diego Padres, slashing .229/.340/.383 with 15 dingers.
A concern we may have for Pham is how he can translate as a part-time player. This is a guy who has been a starter for much of his career. Irregular at-bats could be problematic. I’m willing to be patient with him. He’s a buy and hold type of stock to be bullish on.
Pham won’t suddenly win at-bats away from anyone. Over time, he can distinguish himself as the strongest half of the DH platoon with Daniel Vogelbach and maybe get a few more starts over Mark Canha.
Pham hasn't hit well this spring in his first few chances. If it mattered, these games would count.