The MLB winter meetings are here, and with them have come the usual swirl of MLB news and rumors. There are some big-time free agents hitting the market this offseason, and there will be a ton of competition for the top names.
What's just as important as signing the right players, however, is avoiding the landmines. No team wants to be stuck with a terrible long-term contract on the books after signing a free-agent bust.
With that in mind, here are three free agents the Mets need to avoid signing.
1. Tyler Flowers, Catcher
If the Mets miss out on J.T. Realmuto, they need to go after another catcher with a dangerous bat like James McCann. Settling for Tyler Flowers would be a huge mistake. The 34-year-old batted just .217 in a shortened 2020 season, and he hasn't posted a weighted on-base average (wOBA) better than even .315 since the 2017 season. He also struck out on a ridiculous 42.5% of his plate appearances last season.
2. James Paxton, Pitcher
Even with Marcus Stroman back, the Mets could be in the market for a starter. James Paxton will wow someone with his stellar career stats, and the Mets should let that "someone" be the team to overpay for him. Paxton was plagued by a knee injury in 2019, underwent back surgery in 2020 and is now dealing with forearm injury this offseason. No thanks.
3. Jackie Bradley Jr., Outfielder
Signing Jackie Bradley Jr. would likely mean no George Springer, and at this point that would be a massive letdown for Mets fans. JBJ has always flashed an intriguing power-speed combo with the Boston Red Sox, but at some point you have to un-cross your fingers and accept that he's not going to reach the ceiling he showed when he went yard 26 times in 2016.
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