Welcome to December! This is the month when the MLB offseason hot stove begins to give off some heat. Eager New York Mets fans hoping to see something happen will be happy to know they can flip their calendars to this month.
A new month means a time to make some new predictions. Will they Mets miss out on some big name players? Will they add others?
Let’s make three predictions for the orange and blue. What’s in store between now and the time we look for someone to kiss on midnight on New Year’s Eve?
1) NY Mets prediction: Brandon Nimmo makes his decision
The market for Brandon Nimmo is red hot. Where will he sign? Has my opinion changed through these first few weeks of the MLB offseason?
I’m going to stick with what I thought from the start. Nimmo will re-sign with the Mets. I’m not quite as sure of it as I used to be. However, with the team not looking to get too aggressive with other free agent bats, bringing back their center fielder on a long-term deal makes too much sense.
The Mets will have trouble finding an outfielder better than Nimmo this offseason. Through free agency and trades, Nimmo is the most realistic and best option for them. The plan to possibly move Starling Marte into center field just doesn’t work. As far as doing something like signing Trea Turner to play second base and moving Jeff McNeil to the outfield goes, that seems to be more pipe dream than reality. Far too many teams need a shortstop badly enough to pay more than the Mets.
Nimmo returning to the Mets in December will help give the fans some faith that the ball gets rolling. He’s not the only one they’ll sign either.