Although the New York Mets has a winning season in 2019, they have failed to make the playoffs the last four seasons and finished fourth in the NL East in 2020. The Mets have been busy this off-season under new owner Steve Cohen and one more move could put the team in serious contention next season.
Looking at the current moves this offseason, the New York Mets have signed Marcu Stroman, catcher James McCann and Trevor May to solidify the bullpen. The Mets also appear to be in serious contention to land free agent outfielder George Springer, who has been a serious contributor for the Astros since his rookie season in 2014.
George Springer is arguably the top free agent on the market this offseason and his presence would immediately boost an offense that was 13th in the Major Leagues in runs scored in 2020. Springer slugged 14 home runs with an .899 OPS in 222 plate appearances last season. For his career, the 31-year-old 17 4 home runs in 3087 at-bats with a career-high of 39 in 2019. In addition to his power, George Springer has cut back on his strikeout totals and is above average in the outfield. Really the only thing that Springer doesn’t bring to the table is stolen bases, a minor nit-picky point.
The New York Mets are really a perfect fit for Springer. He would team up with Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto in the outfield, likely as the starter in center field. That would keep Jeff McNeil out of the outfield at back as his most natural position at second base. The Rockies has noted they are willing to trade All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado and the New York Mets have been in the conversation as a possible team in a trade. The question is whether or not the Mets have interest. If so, it could end hopes in acquiring George Springer. However, there has been no word as to whether the Mets wish to go down the avenue to trade for Arenado.
I believe the Nolan Arenado rumors are just that and the Mets will focus on bringing in George Springer to give the New York Mets one of the top offensive outfields in the league. Not only that, but it will also make the Mets a legitimate contender in the NL East and likely land the Mets in the post season.