5) NY Mets player the NY Yankees should target to save their season: Omar Narvaez
It hasn't been the year Omar Narvaez imagined after inking a one-year deal with the Mets this past offseason. Narvaez expected to at the very least share the starting role with Tomas Nido, but his injury led to the early-season promotion of Francisco Alvarez. 19 home runs later and Alvarez is entrenched behind the plate not only for this season, but for years to come in Queens.
Alvarez's rise to stardom has forced Narvaez into a bench role. He's been limited to just 18 games and hasn't done much of anything, slashing .175/.271/.175 with no home runs and three RBI. Narvaez does not have an extra-base hit yet as a Met.
With Alvarez being so young and the Mets being so desperate for wins, they've essentially trapped Narvaez onto the bench. He's played in two games the entire month of July. The month is more than halfway done.
The Yankees would be interested because their catching situation is dire. Jose Trevino, while a terrific defender, has a .569 OPS. Unless the rest of your lineup is stacked, you really can't afford to have zero offensive production at any position. The Mets learned that last year with their Nido and James McCann duo.
While Narvaez didn't hit last year, he was an all-star in 2021 with Milwaukee and has really improved with his pitch framing. That's why the Mets wanted him. They wouldn't lose much defensively while they'd add a left-handed hitter who has hit as many as 22 home runs in a season.
Narvaez does have a player option for the 2024 season which he will almost surely pick up, but the Mets haven't been shy to eat money to get a better return. The Yankees will surely look for a better catcher than Narvaez, but if they're unable to find it, he becomes a very realistic target.