Baseball is a business first and foremost. No matter how endearing a player may be to a team or fan base, trades and cuts can happen to anyone. Like several teams around the league, the New York Mets enter the 2020 season with an incredible amount of depth at key positions that — if the organization is smart — could be thinned out via trade in order to improve areas of weakness on its roster.
With that in mind, here are three Mets players who could be ushered out of the Big Apple before the end of the 2020 MLB season.
3. Brandon Nimmo
Brandon Nimmo's possible move out of Flushing has nothing to do with poor performance. In fact, he's actually been one of the National League's most productive outfielders over the past few seasons. The 26-year-old outfielder has quietly established himself as an on-base machine, sporting an impressive .391 on-base percentage since 2017. And he's proven time and again that he has more power than the average table-setter, sporting a respectable .841 OPS over the same span. Despite his production, Nimmo could struggle to find playing time with Jake Marisnick, Michael Conforto, J.D. Davis, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, and maybe Yoenis Cespedes all expected to see time in the Mets' outfield this season. If he does, indeed end up as the odd man out, the organization could trade him in order to upgrade elsewhere on the roster.
2. Steven Matz
The potential to be a frontline starter has always been there for Steven Matz, but as many Mets fans can attest to, he's been too inconsistent over the past three years to realize his potential. Sporting an 18-28 record with a miserable 4.44 ERA and 1.34 WHIP since 2017, the 29-year-old southpaw's future with the Mets is very much in doubt now that free agent signees Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha are vying for his once solidified spot in the rotation. If he fails to keep his spot in the Mets' rotation and isn't willing to make a potential move to the bullpen, the organization could look to respect Matz's wishes and trade him to a pitching-needy team.
1. Jed Lowrie
Signed to a two-year, $20 million contract last offseason, Jed Lowrie became a complete afterthought in New York after making just eight plate appearances in 2019 due to a knee sprain suffered in the spring. And to make matters worse for the veteran outfielder, he's is still nursing said knee injury this spring — despite having a full offseason to recover. As things currently stand, Lowrie seems to be the odd man out in a crowded Mets infield that already features Robinson Cano, Jeff McNeil, J.D. Davis and Amed Rosario. Unless he can make it back to the field and show the organization that he still has something left in the tank, he could be on his way out of the Big Apple sooner rather than later.
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