Brandon Nimmo has become one of the best center fielders in baseball. He has developed into a good defender and remains one of the league’s best threats to get on base. On the New York Mets, he has established himself as the table-setter at the top of the order.
Re-signing Nimmo this offseason is an important aspect of general manager Billy Eppler’s mission to come back in 2023 with a strong roster. Replacing him would be next to impossible. Unfortunately, other good and active teams could also use that center field boost.
In their attempt to keep Nimmo in New York, it’s these three teams that could pose the biggest threat to signing the happiest man in the game.
1) NY Mets have a threat in the Houston Astros to sign Brandon Nimmo
The Houston Astros consistently one of baseball’s best teams. Something they didn’t have in 2022 was a very good center fielder. Chas McCormick was a decent option for them. However, Nimmo would be a major upgrade.
The Astros will have quite a few big openings in their roster for the 2023 season. The outfield is one of those spots. Aside from right fielder Kyle Tucker, the team will have room to improve in center field and left field.
Houston has been pretty lucky with a lot their free agent signings in recent years. Michael Brantley aged well until injuries finally caught up with him. He’s a free agent after this season and Nimmo would be a similar-style player in some ways to replace him on the roster.
During most offseasons, it’s the Astros who always appear as a threat for a lot of different available players. The case remains the same with Nimmo who will be arguably the best center fielder in the market—assuming we all agree Aaron Judge qualifies more as a right fielder.