The New York Mets are entering a pivotal offseason, and many folks have high hopes for the team’s plans.
Naturally, Mets fans want to see the club add some superstar players.
That might happen, but it’s always good to have secondary expectations.
There are some good free agents in the upcoming class that aren’t superstars.
Here are a few mid-level players that would be interesting additions for New York.
3. Luis Garcia – RP
There are some relatively big-name relievers set to hit free agency this offseason.
New York might try to pursue some of those players, but the team doesn’t necessarily need to add a superstar reliever.
The Mets have had a really solid bullpen all season.
They might lose a couple of relievers to free agency, but if they re-sign Aaron Loup, then any other potential losses would be pretty easy to stomach.
They’d still be wise to add one or two relief arms in free agency, though.
Luis Garcia comes to mind as an interesting option.
The righty has spent the entire 2021 season with the St. Louis Cardinals and has had one of the best years of his career.
He has a 2.84 ERA, 2.31 FIP, and 0.98 WHIP across 32 outings.
Luis García on middle/away pitches to righties this year:
35 called strikes
14 swinging strikes
40 balls in play
Only 3 hits (and only 1 of those hit over 90 MPH)
— Codify, Inc. (@CodifyBaseball) September 28, 2021
Not many folks saw this coming from the 34-year-old, as he posted a 5.26 ERA from 2018 to 2020.
But he has certainly figured things out this year.
He’s worth rolling the dice on this offseason, and he would likely come at a reasonable price.
2. Michael Pineda – SP
If Marcus Stroman walks in free agency, then New York will have no choice but to sign one of the many superstar starting pitchers who will become available this offseason.
But if Stroman stays, then the Mets will have one less thing to worry about.
Still, even if Stroman sticks around, the team should plan on adding a mid-level starting pitcher.
For those reasons, the Mets should consider a player like Michael Pineda in free agency.
Pineda has had a solid 2021 season, pitching to a 3.73 ERA, 4.33 FIP, and 1.23 WHIP across 21 outings (20 starts).
He has been a fine back-of-the-rotation arm for his entire MLB career, and he’s still capable of playing that role at his current age of 32.
He would likely be an affordable option for the Mets.
1. Eduardo Escobar – INF
Should New York choose to spend its money elsewhere (i.e. the rotation or bullpen), there are plenty of solid mid-level infielders available in the upcoming free-agent class.
Eduardo Escobar is one of them.
He’s capable of playing any infield position, and he’s a very serviceable player offensively.
The 32-year-old has a .775 OPS and 107 OPS+ this season.
He has homered 28 times, doubled 21 times, and tripled five times.
Eduardo Escobar goes DEEP in his home debut.
(MLB x Spectrum Solutions) pic.twitter.com/hPzI6Hq4r2
— MLB (@MLB) August 3, 2021
The veteran earned his first career All-Star selection earlier in the year.
He’s no Bryant or Correa, but he’s a very good player.