If the sting of their late-season collapse and early exit from the MLB postseason wasn't enough, the New York Mets enter the offseason with question marks. Arguably more question marks than any other franchise in baseball.
New York has to make decisions on the futures of 13 upcoming free agents. Some names may be bigger than others, with the likes of Jacob deGrom and Edwin Diaz, but all 13 of this players contributed in some form or another to one of the best regular seasons in franchise history (101 wins).
One Mets insider recently weighed in on the upcoming decisions, and offered a surprising choice for New York's top offseason priority.
New York Post columnist Mike Vaccaro dubbed utility outfielder and leadoff hitter Brandon Nimmo as "priority number one." Notably, he chose Nimmo over names like deGrom, Diaz and Chris Bassitt.
Vaccaro points out some 2022 stats that jump off the page. Not only is Nimmo an "plus-center fielder" and the team's true leadoff hitter, but he actually finished the year with a higher WAR (wins above replacement) than the likes of Pete Alonso and Starling Marte.
Dubbing Nimmo as the "bedrock piece of the Mets’ DNA," there's no understating his importance as a tone-setter in the Mets offense, which finished the year ranking fifth in runs scored per game (4.77) and second in on-base percentage (.332).
Nimmo finished the year with a .274/.367/.433 and enticing .800 OPS mark from the leadoff spot, and ranked fourth on the team with 159 hits, first with 7 triples, and first with 71 walks. Just ask the crosstown rival Yankees about the importance of a dominant leadoff hitter, considering MVP frontrunner Aaron Judge held those duties for much of the season.
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