3) NY Mets platoon: Mark Canha and Brett Baty in left field
Still assuming Correa signs with the Mets, this makes Brett Baty a logical left field choice for the team in the near future. To start 2023, we should prepare for more Mark Canha. This isn’t a bad choice whatsoever. Canha did exactly what I think we should have expect him to do in year one with the ball club.
Somewhere down the line further into the 2023 season, the Mets could look to use them both at the position. What makes this platoon option a little more interesting is that the less experienced player would get the yeomen’s share. Baty remains a promising young player. Rushing him too quickly into a starting job could have some side effects.
Many expect Baty to begin the season in Triple-A where he can get at least a few weeks, if not months, of work in as a left fielder. A planned platoon further into the season only works if the Mets don’t add a significant piece to become their fourth or fifth outfielder. Someone like Travis Jankowski can be designated for assignment. Someone in the category of Jurickson Profar probably fits in better as a longer-term option for the outfield mix.
Baty does seem destined now to become either a trade piece or the starting left fielder for the 2024 Mets. It can start with a platoon with Canha in 2023.