The New York Mets are quietly but steadily building their roster as spring training lurks around the corner, but there are still a few concerns on the roster, that many fans hope to be addressed. One of those concerns includes the Mets outfield, which is going to be an area that is going to be heavily focused on outside of the starting pitching.
The Mets have one of the best center fielders in baseball in Brandon Nimmo, but there are serious question marks outside of Nimmo. The Mets have Starling Marte returning fully healthy this season after an injury-plagued 2023 season, but many fans are left wondering how much Marte may have left in the tank, who will be 35 years of age on Opening Day. Marte may also be treated with kids' gloves early on in the season to prevent an injury aggravation.
The Mets still have a need in their outfield for a solid contributor offensively
The Mets also added Harrison Bader this offseason who may get regular playing time in center field, while pushing Brandon Nimmo to left field on some nights. While Bader is an excellent defensive center fielder, as well as provides the Mets with a speed threat on the basepaths, Bader has only played in over 100 games once since 2019.
The Mets also have fan favorite DJ Stewart returning this season and added Tyrone Taylor in a trade from the Brewers in a deal back in December. However, both of these players are great bench options for the Mets, but there is still another solid proven bat away from a complete outfield.
The front office is still in on free agent Jorge Soler, who could play the outfield as well as slide in as the designated hitter for the Mets, and he could also provide them with another power threat that they sorely lack. But it's clear the Mets could use an additional bat and a contributor that they could count on throughout a 162-game season, to avoid the situation they were in last season regarding their outfield depth.