The New York Mets won over 100 games this past MLB season for the first time since 1986, which is when they last won the World Series. Unfortunately, that wasn't the result this time around as the Mets fell to the San Diego Padres in the Wild Card Round. It's time to look toward the offseason.
The Mets seem to be on the precipice of greatness and could use the upcoming months to improve the roster and position themselves to compete for a NL East title. It's not like they have been afraid to go all-in in the past. With that being said, let's take a look at three free agents New York should target.
New York Mets Free Agency
1. Brandon Nimmo, OF
The Mets' front office should focus on bringing back their own free agents back before diving into a deep pool of talent. While that includes reliever Edwin Diaz and starting pitcher Chris Bassitt, outfielder Brandon Nimmo is the first one that should be re-signed. Nimmo has provided stability atop the Mets lineup over the last seven seasons and gets on base at a .385 clip for his career. In 2022, the 29-year-old tallied 102 runs scored, 30 doubles, 7 triples, 16 home runs, 64 RBI and 3 stolen bases. Finding that level of production from a newcomer would not be easy. Nimmo knows what it takes to play for a passionate fan base in New York, so the Mets cannot be outbid.
2. Brad Hand, RP
A reliable bullpen has long been one of the most underrated parts of any World Series contender. The Mets finished the 2022 season with the 10th-best bullpen ERA in baseball, but may have to replace the likes of Diaz, Adam Ottavino, Trevor May, Seth Lugo and Mychal Givens in the offseason. One veteran worth taking a chance on is Brad Hand. Hand posted a 2.70 ERA across 13.1 innings with the Mets in 2021 before signing with the Philadelphia Phillies prior to the 2022 season. He finished this past season with a 2.80 ERA and gave up only 2 home runs across 45.0 innings (55 appearances). Signing a left-hander with 131 career saves is never a bad risk to take.
3. Jose Abreu, 1B/DH
The biggest hole on the Mets roster exists at the designated hitter spot. It's a spot that only produced 17 home runs for New York this season. Trade acquisitions like Daniel Vogelbach and Darin Ruf did what they were asked to do, but they provide very little upside moving forward. The Mets have shown that money is no object when it comes to a player they believe can make an immediate impact (Ex: Max Scherzer). Jose Abreu could be that player. The three-time All-Star has smacked 243 home runs over his nine-year career and has led the American League in slugging percentage twice. Seeing him switch between 1B & DH with Pete Alonso would be dangerous.
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