The Mets have a tall task at hand this offseason with multiple holes to fill. While it would be nice if New York inked a sexy name such as Mike Moustakas or Jake Arrieta, we are going to put on Mets-tinted glasses for this one.
Sandy Alderson and crew haven’t made any big free agent splashes beyond Yoenis Cespedes since taking over for Omar Minaya after the 2010 season.
With that being said, here are five names that could help the Mets for the 2018 season.
EDUARDO NUNEZ, 3B
While having Moustakas’ big bat in the middle of the lineup would be nice, I fully expect the Mets to balk at his asking price.
Additionally, with David Wright‘s future very much up in the air, it is imperative that New York upgrades at the hot corner.
Nunez, 31, has been around the block in his major league career, spending time with the Yankees, Twins and Giants before ending up in Boston midway through this year.
He is a career .282/.319/.414 hitter across eight big league seasons. This season, he also has a 1.3 WAR, a 111 wRC+ and a .341 wOBA.
Like Asdrubal Cabrera, Nunez can play all around the infield, but perhaps a little bit better. With no reinforcements in the minors on the way to lock down third, Nunez could fill the void at least temporarily.
Todd Frazier is another name the Mets could consider on a short-term deal, but with the third base market rather thin, he could be a little too rich for their taste.
LANCE LYNN, RHP
With the mess that was this year’s starting rotation, the Mets need to find an innings eater similar to that of Bartolo Colon for next season.
Lynn, 30, tossed 175+ innings in each of his first four seasons and is close to exceeding that yet again this year.
The former 18-game winner owns a career 71-46 record in six big league campaigns while pitching to a 3.29 ERA.
This year, Lynn owns a 3.6 WAR with a 10-7 record and 2.94 ERA. The right-hander is not an ace, but he is a quality arm to have in a rotation, especially one that has been decimated by injuries.
JAKE McGEE, LHP
Pitching wins ball games, so you want to have all the arms you can.
McGee, 31, has spent time in the closer capacity during times with the Rays and Rockies, but mostly works as a bridge to get to that closer.
In eight big league seasons, the southpaw owns a 23-16 record with a 3.16 ERA, 2.99 FIP and 44 saves.
The Mets now have a lot of younger bullpen options that have either recently come up, or will in the near future. However, if they want to compete, they should focus on locking down the back-end up the ‘pen.
JARROD DYSON, OF
With the Mets having traded away their veteran outfielders and Michael Conforto possibly missing a chunk of next year, bringing in an external outfielder is of utmost importance.
Currently, Yoenis Cespedes, Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares and Norichika Aoki make up the outfield. Lagares has been injury prone over his career and while Nimmo has thrived the last month or so, he’s a relatively unknown commodity.
Bringing in someone like Dyson, who has a 2.5 WAR in 111 games for the Seattle Mariners this season would be a nice get.
The 33-year-old is a career .258/.325/.352 hitter across eight big league seasons and would be a great fourth outfielder who would still see a decent amount of playing time.
JAY BRUCE, OF
Bruce was one of the aforementioned outfielders the Mets shipped away this year. However, a reunion has at least been thought about from the outfielder.
After struggling early on in his days with New York, the 30-year-old really came into his own in 2017 for the Amazin’s and was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal season.
Now that Conforto is hurt and Lucas Duda has been shipped off to Tampa Bay, having Bruce’s big bat back in the middle of the lineup would really fill a major void.
Plus, having his veteran presence around along with how well he handles the media would be a great stressor to take off some of the younger guys.
Out of all of the sexier free agent names, Bruce is the one I could see the Mets actually bringing back. He enjoyed his time here, and they know what they have with him.
What say you, Mets fans? What players would you like to see New York bring in this offseason?