With George Springer off the board and the Mets nonetheless needing to handle heart discipline, SNY’s Andy Martino reported Thursday that the Mets’ curiosity in free agent heart fielder Albert Almora “was much more intensive” than thought.
Per Martino, whereas there’s a little bit of uncertainty amongst brokers concerning what’s nonetheless related with the Mets’ pursuits since Jared Porter has been fired, individuals ought to “hold a watch” on the opportunity of Almora to the Mets.
Martino reported last week that Almora was among the many heart discipline choices the Mets had checked out.
Because the Mets work to place ending touches on a roster that has already gotten tons of reinforcements this offseason, center field is arguably their biggest remaining need.
Almora, 26, is a profession .271/.309/.398 hitter in 5 seasons with the Chicago Cubs, and is best recognized for being a plus defender in heart discipline.
In 2018, Almora was price 10 OAA (Outs Above Common) in 137 video games in heart discipline, and was price three OAA in 125 video games there in 2019. Final season, Almora was price zero OAA in 28 video games in heart.
Along with Almora, who would possibly profile greatest as a part of a platoon, the Mets have expressed curiosity in Enrique Hernandez, who can play each outfield and infield.
There’s additionally Jackie Bradley Jr., an elite defender who stays available on the market.
In the case of the make-up of the Mets’ roster, one annoyance is the truth that it nonetheless hasn’t been formally decided if there will likely be a DH within the Nationwide League once more in 2021.
The percentages are on the NL having the DH, although, which might take away any fear the Mets might need about including a beginning caliber heart fielder (with Brandon Nimmo shifting to left discipline) after which having no spot to play Dominic Smith, who profiles greatest at first base or DH.