5) Worst NY Mets trade or free agent signing since Steve Cohen took over: Albert Almora free agent
Albert Almora is one of the more forgettable free agent signings by the Mets. Brought in for the 2021 season after getting cut by the Chicago Cubs, the team was hoping to make up for several misses in recent years in the fifth outfield spot. Cohen wasn’t in charge when the team traded three players for Keon Broxton only to DFA him several weeks into the season. Almora’s stay wasn’t much better. Fortunately, it did only cost them some money.
Almora ended up in only 47 games and stepped up to the plate just 54 times for the ball club. He was hurt a lot and a weak bat made it impossible for manager Luis Rojas to justify giving him regular playing time.
The performance ended up as one of the uglier in recent memory. Almora was 6 for 52 which gave him a .115/.148/.173 slash line. He scored 3 runs and didn’t have a single RBI. Maybe most shocking is that half of his 6 hits were doubles. It’s a testament to how bad the offense was around him. Not one of those doubles resulted in an RBI and he was stranded on base a couple of those times, too.
Signed mostly for his glove, Almora wasn’t the defensive stalwart we thought he’d be. Partly because of a small sample size, he had a .974 fielding percentage as a center fielder. Blame it on one error in 39 chances.