The Mets don’t consider Jose Reyes is the reply. They know that the 34-year-old former shortstop is now a step slower and restricted, however they see him as a strong utility infielder who might be their major second baseman if they will’t discover an alternative choice.
And people choices are usually not restricted to only signing one other second baseman.
Because the weeks wind down on free company and costs on the unsigned free brokers appear to drop, Mets GM Sandy Alderson mentioned the staff will take a broad view on enhance the staff, not simply plug in holes.
“We’re considering expansively,” Alderson mentioned earlier this week. “There isn’t a query we’ve had some focus at second or third, we’ll proceed to have that as partially as a spotlight, however no, we’re taking a look at methods we are able to enhance the staff.”
“This offseason presents a variety of theoretical prospects,” Alderson continued. “You by no means know what’s going to occur. A few of them could not come to fruition, however a part of our course of is attempting to suppose extra expansively how we are able to enhance the staff.”
The Mets may get artistic taking a look at a 3rd baseman who will make a huge impact. It’s unlikely they might go after Mike Moustakas, one of many prime free brokers this winter, however why not attempt to benefit from a sluggish and low free agent market that has clearly not been within the gamers’ favor this season?
The 2-time All-Star third baseman is claimed to have a minimum of one multiple-year contract on the desk. A supply who is aware of him thinks he can be extra inclined to signal with an East Coast staff to remain nearer to his household. The Mets may supply him an affordable cope with a fast opt-out, like they did with Yoenis Cespedes in 2016 and provides him an opportunity to check the market once more subsequent season.
If Alderson and the Mets are severe about considering creatively and bettering the staff past second and third base, they may attempt an outside-the-box transfer. How about trying past the infield?
The Mets may signal a pitcher. Whereas Jake Arrieta and Yu Darvish are clearly nonetheless on the market, the Mets may signal a less expensive veteran starter like Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn for some depth of their rotation and safety in opposition to accidents. It may additionally permit them to make use of Robert Gsellman or Seth Lugo within the bullpen.
They may signal one other veteran reliever. Hey, Greg Holland continues to be out there! Or a extra payroll pleasant Tony Watson?
Or the Mets may enhance the pitching help. Two years in the past they had been very all for buying and selling for Jonathan Lucroy, not only for his bat, however the best way he dealt with a pitching workers. The 31-year-old is coming off one of many worst years of his profession, so his market worth is down. Neither Travis d’Arnaud nor Kevin Plawecki has run away with the beginning catching spot and the Mets have talked about splitting it.
Lucroy can be a great voice for the beginning workers and mentor for d’Arnaud or Plawecki with the potential for a bounce-back season on the plate.
The Mets may additionally keep just a little nearer to the norm and hope to seek out some worth in a extra conventional free company route.
Eduardo Nunez could also be a defensive legal responsibility, however he would give the Mets’ lineup one thing they haven’t had in recent times: pace.
Neil Walker and Todd Frazier — each accustomed to the New York market — would even be prospects so as to add some pop to an already highly effective lineup.
The Mets are nonetheless on the lookout for methods to enhance this staff earlier than they open camp. With the sluggish free company market, they’ve an opportunity to attempt some artistic options to enhance their pitching and lineup.