2) NY Mets ruined an Aaron Judge backup plan for the SF Giants
When Aaron Judge went back to the New York Yankees, the San Francisco Giants must have felt the urgency to make a move. Mitch Haniger ain’t gettin’ it done. Nimmo plus two more additions to the lineup might start to look pretty good. It won’t be happening because the Mets swooped in.
The Giants have an almost laughable starting lineup right now. J.D. Davis is expected to hit in the middle of it. Our dear friend Wilmer Flores will have a vital role, too. Their lineup construction is unbelievably weak. They somehow made something similar work in 2021 when they won the division. However, any holdovers from that season have gotten older and regressed further. Brandon Crawford looks cooked.
San Francisco has players they can look at to make up for the loss of Judge. Nimmo was the second-best outfielder in free agency. It might be time to consider making a trade.
For those teams out on the West Coast, one has to wonder if there is some sort of mass exodus because of the California tax. Trea Turner turned down a bigger offer from the San Diego Padres to join the Philadelphia Phillies. They were also snubbed by Judge. Meanwhile, even the Los Angeles Dodgers have remained relatively quiet. The Padres did end up with Xander Bogaerts, but on a deal that far exceeded anything the Boston Red Sox were willing to pony up.
The real messaging to get across here: the Mets 1, Giants 0.