The New York Mets have already added two players from the 2021 Oakland Athletics. Free agent outfielders Mark Canha and Starling Marte both signed with the team on the same exact day to help revamp the lineup.
Both teams are certainly not done yet with their respective changes. The Mets have a few more additions to make while the Athletics will focus their attention on subtractions. They are one of this winter’s biggest sellers. Meanwhile, the Mets are one of the biggest buyers.
Through trades and free agency, the Mets could possibly add at least one more player from Oakland before Opening Day. They won’t have them all but even two could help turn the Mets into a vastly different club.
Matt Chapman remains someone the Mets should consider for third base
Matt Chapman has been on the radar of Mets fans for what feels like a long time. His mix of power and Gold Glove defense combine well.
Naturally, when someone has the abilities Chapman does, there are going to be other suitors. In New York alone, the Yankees have been speculated about as a potential landing spot in a trade for Chapman. Any other team out there with a need at third base could join the discussion as well.
The Mets aren’t in any dire need for Chapman at the moment. However, with Jeff McNeil’s trade status beginning to buzz, it makes it a little more likely. We had penciled in McNeil as the starting second baseman and newcomer Eduardo Escobar at third base. If McNeil is traded, the Mets could always move Escobar to second base and add Chapman. Maybe it all happens in a single deal.
I don’t think Chapman will end up with the Mets because of the high demand for his services. What’s more, the Mets already have two highly-touted third base prospects. Unless they can swindle the A’s, Chapman will remain a dream.