3) Dream NY Mets starting lineup: Shohei Ohtani batting third, DH
Boom! Batting third for the 2023 dream Mets starting lineup, we have the DH. It’s not a Daniel Vogelbach/Darin Ruf platoon all over again. The Mets pull off a blockbuster trade with the Los Angeles Angels for Shohei Ohtani then immediately sign him to a lengthy contract extension.
Ohtani would be the everyday DH for the Mets with a couple of days off from hitting when he pitches. Even the greats need some rest. This includes Ohtani.
Ohtani to the Mets seems like a real possibility. Even if it doesn’t occur via trade with the Angels this offseason, we better all believe the Mets are an ideal match for him when he reaches free agency following the 2023 campaign.
Both a solution to the starting rotation and the DH spot, Ohtani’s presence batting third when he does hit would give the Mets some incredible offensive firepower. We can move a couple of guys up in the order when he isn’t in the lineup or simply swap someone from lower in the lineup with Lindor then move him back.
The dream addition of Ohtani to the Mets lineup is far from the end of their major splashes. Because we are unconscious and can dream big, let’s go large with the clean up spot.