3) NY Mets reunion candidate: Michael Fulmer
This one is a bit of a technicality since Fulmer never played a game in New York. Michael Fulmer was a first round pick of the Mets in the 2011 amateur draft. He signed with the team and began moving up through their minor league system. In 2015, the Mets traded Fulmer to the Detroit Tigers as part of a package for slugger Yoenis Cespedes.
Michael Fulmer went on to win the American League rookie of the Year in 2016 and was a member of the 2017 American League All Star team. Soon afterward, Fulmer’s career began taking a downward turn. He experienced arm problems and was moved to the bullpen. These physical issues culminated in Tommy John surgery for him in 2020. By 2021, Fulmer had regained much of his arm strength resulting in 4-5 mph on his fastball and became a mainstay of the Tigers' and later the Minnesota Twins’ bullpens.
With the Mets’ relief corps in a state of flux, Michael Fulmer would be an excellent addition as a setup man to help get from the starter to Edwin Diaz, particularly if they were to lose veterans like Seth Lugo or Adam Ottavino in free agency. In any case, Michael Fulmer would make a great addition to the Mets pitching staff next season.
It just goes to show that there are still times when you can go home again. Hopefully, we'll see these players reunited with the New York Mets in 2023.