MLB Trade Rumors and John Harper of the New York Daily News each released their free agent predictions, which can be found here and here, respectively. Following suit is former Mets general manager Jim Duquette, who released his predictions for his top 25 free agents on Monday.
15. Logan Morrison, 30, 1B/OF
After having a breakout season that included 38 homers and a 13.5 percent walk rate, the left-handed-hitting Morrison should have no problem earning a multiyear contract this offseason. Like Alonso, Trumbo’s deal should be his target.
Interested teams: Rays, Mariners, Indians, Mets
Duquette’s prediction: Mets
23. Todd Frazier, 32, 3B
While he’s hit just .220 over the past two seasons, Frazier is one of the more intriguing options on the free-agent market, as his power numbers, solid defense and clubhouse leadership make him a great fit for some teams. He may get two-year offers in the $26 million range, but could also decide to take a one-year contract and return to free agency again next year.
Interested teams: Mets, Cardinals, Angels, Giants
Duquette’s prediction: Mets
Frazier’s name has been tied to the Mets on more platforms than one. MLBTR also had the Mets landing the infielder. I think he is a name that will be linked to New York a lot this offseason with the team’s need at third base.
However, I don’t know if a first baseman is atop the Mets shopping list this offseason. While I believe the jury is still out on Dominic Smith, the Amazin’s have more immediate needs to fill in the rotation, bullpen, second and third base and the outfield.
I have been a big proponent of bringing in Frazier and Nunez to round out the infield and I think signing someone like Cain would help soften the blow of losing the glut of outfielders the Mets once had as well as Michael Conforto‘s injury.
As for the bullpen, the team has a solid foundation with Jerry Blevins, AJ Ramos and Jeurys Familia solidifying the back end. However, bringing in a veteran arm or two is needed and Morrow and Swarzak could be two appealing names to New York.
Duquette had a majority of the players on his list linked to the Mets, so we will see how it plays out. The Mets brought in a seemingly strong coaching staff this winter and they also acquired Ramos before the trade deadline, which is hopefully a sign they still think they can compete.
This is overall a weak free agent class, but if the Mets make some smart moves (they don’t necessarily have to be flashy), it’s logical they could be competitive again in 2018.
While I highly doubt the Mets even come close to signing Hosmer, Moustakas or J.D. Martinez, signing Frazier and Nunez, a starter like Tyler Chatwood or Jason Vargas, someone like Cain and a reliever like the two I highlighted above or Brandon Kintzler could help fill some immediate holes.
The name of the game is to just get the ball rolling to start the season. The free agent class is far more sexy next year, so if the Mets just make some smart moves for now, adjust during the season as need be and then delve deep into next year’s class, it could prove to be the best path to take.
Finally, I take these predictions with a grain of salt. Sandy Alderson is more on the tight lipped side when it comes to moves, so I don’t think any of us will really know until a move is getting close to going down.
Here’s to hoping it’s an exciting offseason for New York with free agency officially kicking off today at 5 p.m.