4 Mets third base options if they don’t have answers after the 2024 season

Where will the Mets go if Brett Baty and/or Mark Vientos aren't the answer at third base?

Jul 5, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; New York Mets third baseman Brett Baty against the Arizona
Jul 5, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; New York Mets third baseman Brett Baty against the Arizona / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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2) The Mets can bridge the gap with Gio Urshela

We know the Mets were interested in Gio Urshela for this year off the bench. What about as a starter next year? Bridging the gap with Urshela actually makes a lot of sense. It could even allow them to give Baty a little more leash if they’re still a little undecided. Urshela shouldn’t cost a whole lot in terms of dollars or years regardless of how well he does with the Detroit Tigers this season.

A lighter hitting third baseman than maybe we’d like to see, his defensive versatility and ability helps make him a solid match for the Mets. On a one or two-year deal with a reasonable expectation that he will share some playing time in 2025 and possibly revert to a bench role in 2026 makes this a solid enough plan as long as the other pieces around him are big ones.

The Mets can bridge any gap at third base with several others. Urshela, however, seems to be one of the better options. They aren’t going to bring back J.D. Davis for third base duties. If Eugenio Suarez ends up as a free agent, which is a possibility, maybe he then becomes the short-term guy.

There’s also Yoan Moncada whose $25 million club options will undoubtedly be denied by the Chicago White Sox. He could be a fun project to try to get the most out of although we can all probably agree it won’t have a huge pay off.

Prediction: The Mets end up with at least one veteran third base option even if it’s more as a bench player.