New York Mets: Kyle Seager is not an upgrade

The New York Mets are not done in their attempt to upgrade their roster, as they are reportedly looking at Seattle Mariners’ third baseman Kyle Seager.

On Thursday, the New York Mets served notice that they are determined to become a force to be reckoned with. Their plan to once again act like a large market team has come to fruition, as the Mets acquired Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco on Thursday. They had previously signed James McCann and Trevor May to upgrade the roster as they look to return to the postseason.

Even with those acquisitions, the Mets are not done. According to reports, they are also looking into acquiring Seattle Mariners’ third baseman Kyle Seager.

Seager has been a solid third baseman throughout his career. He produced a respectable .241/.355/.433 batting line in 2020, hitting nine homers and 12 doubles. However, the one time Gold Glove third baseman struggled defensively, costing Seattle five runs. At 33 years old, and with another $18.5 million due in 2021, one can see why the revamped Mariners would be looking to part ways with Seager.

The Mets would seemingly have an answer at third base already. J.D. Davis has been a revelation since he was acquired for a trio of minor leaguers. He posted similar numbers to Seager last season, with a .247/.371/.389 batting line, hitting six homers and nine doubles. While he cost the Mets six runs at third, he also has more defensive versatility than Seager, as he can play in left and at first base.

There is also the financial aspect. While the Mets are not exactly concerned about the salary cap or luxury tax, Davis is making just over the league minimum. That savings could easily be spent to upgrade another part of the roster, such as bringing in George Springer or Trevor Bauer.

Davis also has far more team control and potential upside. He is not eligible for free agency until 2025, and will be 28 years old at the start of the upcoming season. As the Mets look to build a sustainable contender, a player such as Davis could be a solid piece to the puzzle.

The New York Mets are still looking to upgrade their roster. Adding Kyle Seager in place of J.D. Davis at third base would not do that.