2) NY Mets Power Ranking: Free agent designated hitter J.D. Martinez
It's no secret that the Mets are in desperate need of another bat in the lineup, especially out of the designated hitter spot. It was mentioned earlier this offseason that the Mets were going to handle the DH position internally and if you firmly believe that statement I've got some oceanfront property in Idaho to sell you.
All jokes aside, if the Mets are looking for a dependable bat on the free agent market that is a bit less expensive than what Carlos Correa is going to command, J.D. Martinez would not be a bad fit at all for this win-now club. Last season the Mets were one of the teams who had shown interest in Martinez before the Trade Deadline but no deal ever materialized between them and the Boston Red Sox.
While Martinez had a down year by his standards with the Red Sox last season as he hit 274/.341/.448 with 16 home runs and 62 RBI, the Red Sox struggled largely as a whole. Martinez's power numbers were down, but he had still proven to be a consistent hitter in the middle of their lineup, which is something the Mets lacked last season out of the DH position.
MLB Trade Rumors have predicted the 35-year-old Martinez to land a two-year $30 million deal, which would fit exactly with the types of contracts Billy Eppler has been handing out over the past two offseason. Martinez does not also have a qualifying offer attached to him, which would make him an attractive option in the sense the Mets won't lose draft compensation if they were to move forward with a deal.
While the Mets have not been publicly connected to Martinez yet, he would be a great option for another potential impact bat to slide into the DH spot. The front office is currently staring at another platoon combination of Daniel Vogelbach and Darin Ruf out of the DH and if there is a way to upgrade that position the Mets should be exploring every option.