What the Pillar signing may mean

The Mets just recently signed CF’er Kevin Pillar to a Major League deal. The Mets also recently signed CF’er Albert Almora jr and that’s after signing CF’er Mallex Smith with Heredia still on the Mets 40-man roster.

The Mets will need to clear a spot from the 40 to make room for the newly acquired Kevin Pillar. The first option would have to be Jacob Barnes, with no options remaining left, he’s always been one of these players with his back to the wall.

Guillermo Heredia might be one of those odd men out. While he has options remaining, Heredia might be a victim of circumstance and catch a pink slip. It’s unfortunate because he’s a great defender that’s fun to watch at the dish, as well.

Of course with the news with Lugo not being able to toss a ball for six weeks, the Mets could very well place the reliever on the 60-day IL to clear a spot.

But what does this all mean with the 26-man roster? Well, players like Albert Almora jr and Jose Martinez each have options remaining, so we’ll likely see the pair in Syracuse. However, once the Mets need a RH stick to fill in, the Mets have viable options with the two.

That’s not all! That’s right! There’s more!

I think we can all finally put the nail in the coffin with JBJ potentially landing in Queens. Bradley is not only asking for quite a bit of money, but he seems to be shooting for a four-year contract at 31 years old.

While I haven’t seen any rumblings from any reporters, it seems that fans are thinking this may be a precursor to something bigger. Could the Mets be looking to trading Nimmo, Davis, or Smith?

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The Daily Fix: 2/4

Status of JBJ negotiations

Mike Puma of the NY Post added this on Twitter in regards to Jackie Bradley jr and the Mets.

Jackie Bradley Jr has been on Mets fans radar for quite a while now, and going into the 2021 season, it’s actually a realistic possibility that this could come to fruition. While it’s not ideal for an outfield to have three lefties, if spread throughout the lineup, it shouldn’t matter.

In 2020, Bradley actually had better numbers against left handed pitching which should automatically give him the green light to be an everyday starter over a platoon player. But if that doesn’t hold up, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to nab a right handed hitting centerfielder.

Unfortunately, his offense hasn’t always been there to match up with his excellent defense, and it’s evident in his numbers. In his eight year career, Bradley owns a slash line of .239/.321/.412/.732 while averaging 30 doubles, four triples, 18 home runs and 70 RBI’s per 162 games.

I’d imagine the Mets would want Bradley to lead off due to his speed, but his OBP doesn’t warrant the spot. That would drop him to the bottom third of the lineup and that’s an excellent spot for him to still be productive on hopefully what would be a winning club.

MLBTR has Bradley going to the Houston Astros on a two year deal worth $16MM, which seems a little low to me. Now it looks like the Boras client is looking for a deal beyond $40M at at least three years. Even if used as a platoon just against right handed pitchers, he’d still be seeing roughly 75% of action with league leading defensive abilities.

I imagine Boras is just trying to maximize Bradley’s income in this deal but that’s just too high for me. But if they can come back down to two years with an option for a third, that would fit PCA’s arrival.

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Poll: The Outfield Conundrum

Earlier on in the week, I had created a poll on Twitter and here it is:

@MetsJunkies on Twitter

So assuming that the D.H. will not be apart of the National League and that the Mets acquire a natural centerfielder, what should the front office do with the abundance of corners.

Whether it be George Springer or Jackie Bradley, either acquisition will cause Nimmo to be bumped from center. The Mets have the option to put him and his amazing OBP in left field while providing better defense.

This move would bump Dom Smith to the bench. With Smith’s popularity spreading like a wildfire, it’s no surprise that only 4% would opt to trade Dom.

If the Mets decide to use Smith in left, this will push Nimmo to the bench and that would probably make him one of the best fourth outfielders in the game. And while Corné would choose to trade Nimmo as he stated on The Mets Junkies Podcast, 24% of the voters agree with him.

I was surprised to see that a whopping 72% would actually hold onto both players. This would entail some creative in-game lineup and defensive changes, but with the D.H. potentially coming back to being universal in 2022, this would make them extremely stacked.

Thank you to the 344 voters that participated on Twitter and don’t forget to follow us. We look forward to you taking part in the current poll on Joey Lucchesi as well as many more in the future.

Brandon Nimmo 2021 predictions and projections

By Angelina Rizzo & Del Alba

Angelina’s take:

I personally feel that Brandon Nimmo still has a lot to offer the 2021 New York Mets. Here’s a glimpse of what I see him doing this upcoming season.

Rotochamp has Nimmo projected to hit 19 home runs and 57 RBI’s with a .389 OBP.

I think the Mets will fare slightly better in 2021 due to big name talent coming in. I’m going to predict Nimmo hits 21 home runs, drives in 63, has a .260 batting average, and a .410 OBP.

Nimmo could or could not accomplish more depending on if he hits a hot or cold streak, which can happen to any player. That is just life in the MLB. I think Nimmo will find his stride in 2021.

Also read: Is Nimmo more than a fourth outfielder?

Here’s a look at Nimmo the past two seasons.

In 2019, Nimmo hit 8 home runs with 29 batted in sporting a .221 batting average and a .375 OBP.

In the 2020 COVID-19 shortened season, Nimmo hit 8 home runs and drove in 18 runs while owning a .280 batting average and a .404 OBP.

I see Nimmo improving statistically in 2021.

Del’s take:

Via Del Alba

The big question about Nimmo’s projections is if the Mets are going to acquire someone else to man CF or not. If so, then this create a competitive environment for playing time. There’s no denying that he has a great eye and is a patient hitter that draws a lot of walks.

If the Mets do not acquire another CF, then I expect Nimmo to be on top of the order and be a big contributor to RBI for guy’s batting behind him. I would love to see him steal more bags to go along with a high OBP, but Nimmo just simply isn’t that guy.

I also expect him to continue brightening up the Mets club house with that radiant smile of his. It’s fun to watch him play the game with so much heart. I also project him to lead the league in BB walk speed, seriously one of the most fun things to watch about Nimmo is how he sprints after drawing walk.

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Also read: Pete Alonso 2021 predictions and projection

Mets Hot Stove News

Two current Mets target were in the news today. First off, George Springer.

According to ShiDavidi, the Blue Jays have progressed in talks with the free agent center fielder. ShiDavidi said “the Blue Jays are more then just talking”. Springer is a major target for the Mets their free agent hole in CF, but could go for the north side of the border.

Also read: Free Agent Target: Jackie Bradley Jr

That wasn’t the only news about a major free agent and this didn’t come from a reporter, but the owner of the Phillies. The Phillies owner John Middleton said that the Phillies can not afford to re-sign Realmuto due to major financial loses during the COVID-19 Pandemic. This means a major rival in signing Realmuto, is out. This makes a Realmuto to Mets even more likely.

Also read: Mets Catcher Fix: If Realmuto isn’t an option

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Free Agent Target: Jackie Bradley Jr

Jackie Bradley Jr has been on Mets fans radar for quite a while now, and going into the 2021 season, it’s actually a realistic possibility that this could come to fruition. While it’s not ideal for an outfield to have three lefties, if spread throughout the lineup, it shouldn’t matter.

In 2020, Bradley actually had better numbers against left handed pitching which should automatically give him the green light to be an everyday starter over a platoon player. But if that doesn’t hold up, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to nab a right handed hitting centerfielder.

Also read: Are the Mets sleeping well?

Overall in 2020, the outfielder hit .283/.364/.450/.814 with 11 doubles, seven home runs, 22 RBI’s to go alongside five stolen bases in seven attempts. Not to also mention that Bradley is a top caliber defensive centerfielder.

Unfortunately, his offense hasn’t always been there to match up with his excellent defense, and it’s evident in his numbers. In his eight year career, Bradley owns a slash line of .239/.321/.412/.732 while averaging 30 doubles, four triples, 18 home runs and 70 RBI’s per 162 games.

Also read: Hello, is it me (Harrison Bader) you’re looking for?

I’d imagine the Mets would want Bradley to lead off due to his speed, but his OBP doesn’t warrant the spot. That would drop him to the bottom third of the lineup and that’s an excellent spot for him to still be productive on hopefully what would be a winning club.

MLBTR has Bradley going to the Houston Astros on a two year deal worth $16MM, which seems a little low to me. Even if used as a platoon just against right handed pitchers, he’d still be seeing roughly 75% of action with league leading defensive abilities.

Also read: Free Agent Target: Alex Colome

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