The New York Mets have searched all season for production out of the DH spot. Robinson Cano, Dominic Smith, and J.D. Davis have all received a chance and have all failed. Trade deadline Mets rumors have mentioned plenty of options for them to target.
With that in mind, the Mets acquired Daniel Vogelbach to fill that DH spot against right handed pitching. Vogelbach in my opinion was a really solid addition, but the Mets still have a hole against lefties.
According to Pat Ragazzo of Sports Illustrated, the Mets have checked in on the availability of Red Sox DH J.D. Martinez.
Mets rumors: J.D. Martinez is imperfect yet needed fit for New York
J.D. Davis has been the primary DH against lefties seemingly all season long. With that chance, he's responded with a .640 OPS and just one home run in 104 plate appearances.
Martinez is obviously much better so it makes sense to see him appear at the top of the Mets rumors list. He has slashed .368/.463/.603 against lefties this year. His 1.065 OPS against southpaws would provide an enormous boost to a lineup that has struggled all season against them.
Martinez is hitting over .300 and was an all-star this season, but isn't the exact same hitter he once was. He has only nine home runs this season, which is not what one would expect from a guy who hit 88 home runs from 2017-2018 and has hit 25+ home runs six times in his career.
I believe the Mets should be looking for more power from the DH spot, but someone with Martinez's resume is impossible to ignore.
What makes the fit so hard to picture is the fact that he's so limited defensively. He can play in the corner outfield spots, but he is not good at all in the outfield and he has not played a single inning in the field this season because of it.
The Mets acquired Vogelbach to DH against righties, but Martinez wouldn't be a platoon guy. He's too good of a hitter to be limited, so the Mets would essentially be limiting Vogelbach to being just a pinch hitter, as the lone position he can play is manned by Pete Alonso every day.
I would prefer the Mets to acquire a bat like Josh Bell who has shown more pop this season, is a switch hitter, and is a little bit more versatile defensively, or someone like Brandon Drury who's had a career year and is more versatile.
However, the package for J.D. Martinez will likely be lighter, as he has not been as good of a hitter as Bell and is not in the NL East. Something like this package is what I believe could land the Mets Martinez if the Red Sox do indeed sell and make these Mets rumors come tru
While he wouldn't be my first choice, J.D. Martinez would be a massive upgrade over J.D. Davis and makes the Mets a lot better.