5 big Mets spring training performances from 2023 that turned out to be a fluke

This is why you don't get too excited about spring training numbers.

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5) Tomas Nido

Mets catcher Tomas Nido had one of the hottest springs of anybody in 2023. His 14 hits fell second on the team between Mark Vientos and Brett Baty. Among those hits were 3 doubles and another 3 home runs. His .359/.375/.667 slash line was unattainably terrific for a player of his caliber.

Maybe the flukiest spring performance of all, Nido ended up batting .125/.153/.125 for the Mets and failed to have a single extra base hit in any of his 61 chances. He drove in only a single run before the team designated him for assignment. Nido did manage to pass through waivers and would later accept an assignment to the minor leagues where he rode out the rest of the year.

This wouldn’t normally be such an uncommon situation except the Mets decided to extend Nido before the season began. He made $1.6 million in 2023 and is owed $2.1 million in 2024.

A better coach and teammate at this point of his career, Nido will be a valuable teacher for the young pitchers in Syracuse with a chance to make it back to the majors if the need arises. Anything he possibly offers in a game with his bat is extra.

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