2) Trey Mancini
Trey Mancini was a match for the Mets last offseason. In fact, it seems like he has been a rumored target of the team since the 2022 trade deadline. Mancini never did make his way to Queens. He spent last year with the Chicago Cubs hitting .234/.299/.336. He clobbered only 4 home runs in 263 trips to the plate.
Mancini ended up as a trade deadline casualty via DFA. He latched onto the Cincinnati Reds for a week in late August but never played in an actual major league game.
In terms of cost, Mancini’s stock is way down. For a major league job, settling on a $1 million contract might be all there is for him at this stage of his career.
The Mets would be buying low on Mancini which may feel a bit icky with Steve Cohen in charge. This does seem like the kind of offseason where the ball club will look for some bargains. Mancini will be one for any team willing to give him another shot.
Verdict: Mancini is a low-cost option for sure. The downside is he might just be taking away a roster spot from a more intriguing player on the rise like Mark Vientos.