The New York Mets, like many of their fans, love to get new toys around the holiday season. Cyber Monday has now eclipsed the popularity of Black Friday in US markets. Essentially, you’re able to stay home to get the kind of deals you would have to fight zombie hoard-like crowds on Black Friday. With the Mets seeming to be lurking in the grass this offseason, not major players on any big name free agents but also not completely out on most. With that being said, the Mets are known to bargain hunt for free agents, so here are some deals they should look out for on Monday (and the days after).
Jeurys Familia– When you are successful shopping at one store, it definitely increases your chances of shopping there again. Familia would normally be a top name in the reliever market. This offseason however features names like Craig Kimbrel, David Robertson, and Andrew Miller, making it more likely that Familia will receive less of a lucrative contract. The Mets, desperately needing bullpen help, would receive a pitcher that is not only familiar with the franchise, but also there for the last time this team was successful. While his ability to close games during the post season is still questionable, he has proved that he can pitch in the New York atmosphere.
Alcides Escobar– The Mets have Amed Rosario beginning to blossom at the shortstop position. Alongside him, Jeff McNeil emerged as a second baseman with a penchant for hitting for average. The Mets will need to have someone to back up those players however, and that is where Escobar fits in. Escobar toasted the Mets during the 2015 World Series, and has been a mainstay in Kansas City because of his speed and ability to flash the glove. He has also remained healthy during his career, never playing less than 140 games since 2010. Escobar could become an affordable backup for a team that expects significant production from its middle infield.
Adam Ottavino– As in the case when you are shopping, sometimes name brand stars are not the way to go. Ottavino quietly had one of the best seasons by a reliever last season, all while his home park was Coors Field in Colorado. His stats are finish either at the top or second in a list of some of the most important statistical categories for relief pitchers, including strike out percentage, walk percentage, hard-hit percentage, and ERA. In a bullpen in desperate need of a renaissance, Ottavino could be the player that makes all of the difference.
Whether or not the Mets shop at the top or the bottom of the barrel, it is imperative that they get bullpen assistance. The starters last season lost many close games due to the inconsistencies that the bullpen brought to each game. As a whole, it is not expected that the Mets will be major players when it comes to signing free agents. That’s why it would make sense for them, a team consistently looking for a bargain, to turn to some potential Cyber Monday steals.