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Mets’ alternative CF option as J’s Wu George Springer

If the New York Mets are interested in adding free agent All-Stars and Connecticut natives George Springer In their outfield this winter, they should line up. It is also wise to have an emergency response plan. But first of all.

By Shi Davidi Sports Net CanadaThe Toronto Blue Jays are “progressing more than just talking” with the 31-year-old former Astros flagship, and perhaps only our friends north of the border are running Springer’s services this offseason. I’m not a team.

In Houston’s touted fall wreckage from Grace, Springer shines in 2020 with 14 home runs, 6 doubles, 146 wRC +, a career-leading 17.1% strikeout rate, and 1.9 wins. Recorded .265 / .359 / .540. Kindly compare with his currently hurt .274 / .364 / .491 lines (140 HR, 134 wRC +, 22.8 fWAR) from 2015 to 2019.

Springer has accumulated +13 defensive points, +3.5 ultimate zone ratings and +4 outs in CF since early 2019 as Mets urgently needs defensive points options in the center field. Even better) — Seems to match the bill to the tee.

However, if a long-term stay in Flushing is not included in the three-time American League All-Star card, Mets requires a fallback option. And it’s powerful. Because solid defense is the key to success, Brandon Nimmo At the heart of it doesn’t seem to be the answer, at least defensively.

In the perfect world, Mets team president Sandy Olderson simply calls the Tampa Bay Rays to see what they want left-handed. Blake Snell One of the best defensive center fielders in baseball, Kevin Kiermaier, Perhaps seal an expensive deal, call it a day, and move on to the next item in New York’s off-season docket. A classic two bird scenario.

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As we know, it’s never easy. Also, without the multi-layer option presented in an emergency, due diligence cannot be done, so proceed here.

Jackie Bradley Jr., 30 are gloved dynamos (48 DRS, 6.3 UZR / 150 in CF since 2013), not as salary as Springer. At a minimum, $ 25 million of players are expected to move each season. Forward — Leaves funds for Mets to spend elsewhere.

Many years of Boston games don’t have a player’s hitting profile (career .239 / .321 / .412, 93 wRC + batter) like Springer, but a strong show on the plate last season (.283 / .364 / .450, 119 wRC +) certainly gives credibility to his rise to more productive days on the plate.

Enrique Hernandez, Formerly the Dodgers, and Journeyman Kevin Pillar Both are high-quality fielders, but it is doubtful that Mets fans will now stimulate their enthusiastic taste as a daily center fielder.

Nick senzelThe second overall pick of the Reds, 25 and 2016 seems to have been superseded by Shogo Akiyama Located in the outfield of Cincinnati, it has the potential to be a prime candidate for landscape change types.

The University of Tennessee’s product was unable to translate its success into a major, even though it completely ran through the Reds minor league system (.312 / .388 / .508 in four seasons of MiLB).

Since debuting in 2019, with over 487 at-bats at Cincy, Senzel has only .245 / .305 / .416 hits, 14 home runs, 26 doubles and 116 strikeouts. It’s not pretty, but we all know a lot about the process of getting players to the highest level of comfort (see). Dominic Smith).

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Of course, George Springer should be the main target for Mets’ still-formed front office this winter, but again, the secondary course of action is not harmed.