An early exit certainly left a sour taste in the mouths of Mets fans this past postseason, but there is a ton to be excited about moving forward. New York has already re-signed All-Star closer Edwin Diaz and is bringing back a core that won 101 games in 2022. The front office is focused on improving.
One way the Mets can upgrade some roster weak spots in through the free agent market. This year's batch of players looking for a new home is filled with talent on the mound, at the plate and in the field. With that in mind, here's a look at three players New York needs to sign when free agency opens.
New York Mets Free Agency
1. Brandon Nimmo, OF
The first move the Mets need to make in free agency is bringing back outfielder Brandon Nimmo on a long-term deal. The 29-year-old has played a crucial role on this team for years, serving as a reliable leadoff hitter and an above-average defender in center field. In 2022, Nimmo slashed .274/367/.433 and logged a career-high 102 runs scored. He also tallied 30 doubles for the first time and tied for the NL lead in triples (7). Nimmo's expected market value checks in at $21 million, but he has already expressed a desire to return to his teammates. Offering him an added year instead of a higher salary should be enough to get a deal done here.
2. Robert Suarez, RP
It was important for the Mets to lock down Diaz on a long-term deal given how little depth they have in the bullpen. Seth Lugo, Adam Ottavino, Trevor May and Trevor Williams are all free agents this offseason. Finding a stellar reliever capable of putting together clean eighth innings would only improve the New York's chances of winning the NL East. Robert Suarez posted a 2.27 ERA and 1.05 WHIP across 45 appearances (47.1 innings) in what was his first season playing major league baseball. He also gave up just 4 home runs and averaged 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings. With a fastball that reaches 101 mph and a changeup that confuses hitters, Suarez has all the makings of a great signing.
3. Trey Mancini, 1B/DH
It's important to note that the Mets are locked in for the league's highest 2023 payroll and free agency hasn't even started yet. They aren't going to be able to sign every top player on long-term deals. At some point, New York will need to search for bargains. Trey Mancini could be a bargain after slashing just .239/.319/.391 across 143 games this past season. He's a veteran that can comes as a great locker room presence and is capable of playing multiple positions. In his career, Mancini has smacked 125 home runs and owns a 43.9% hard hit percentage. He lines up as a perfect player to pair with Daniel Vogelbach in a platoon at designated hitter.
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