Arenado, who will be 29 at the time of his free agency, is set to receive a massive pay day. He is truly a dynamic baseball player. Known around the leagues for the way that he fields his position, Arenado is already considered by some to be one of the best fielders ever to play third base. Not only is his glove on another level, but Arenado also knows how to swing the bat. At the time that this was written, Arenado was slugging a .301 average to go along with 34 home runs and 100 RBIs.
At this point in his career, Arenado is nearly a reflection of what Wright was doing when he was in his prime with the Mets. Of course, the concern with any player that is either leaving or coming to Coors Field in Colorado is the adjustment from park to park. With Arenado, all of his statistics are stronger when he is home, which should be expected when a player’s home park is Coors Field. The difference in batting average is a little concerning though, as he is hitting .380 at Coors field compared to .265 in away parks. Just for giggles, he hit .273 with one home run in his 11 at bats at Citi Field.
Would Arenado be worth the major investment risk? The Mets have swung and missed on many recent occasions on large free agent contracts, so naturally the idea of a mega contract would put knots in the stomach of any Mets fan. It would also most likely come at the cost of not retaining one of their trio of dynamo pitchers. Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Zack Wheeler are all going to command a pretty penny when they hit the market. It would be hard for any team to retain the contracts of deGrom, Syndergaard, Wheeler, and Arenado all at once, so it is very hard to picture this franchise having the ability, or want, to have all four of those contracts on the roster.
While the Rockies might be in place to go to the playoffs this season, there is a growing sense in Denver that Arenado is growing frustrated. The franchise has a history of not wanting to pay big players like Troy Tulowitzki. If he were to go to market, the Mets might not have to compete with bigger teams such as the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, or even the Cubs to sign Arenado. The Yankees have Miguel Andujar, the Red Sox, much like the Yankees, are banking on the future at third with Rafael Devers, the Dodgers could potentially be holding onto Manny Machado, and the Cubs have Anthony Rizzo. It would be a gamble for the Mets to try and sign a player of Arenado’s magnitude to the team, but it might be one that the Mets should consider if they want solid play at the hot corner for the near future.