New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo is going to get paid this offseason.
He is in an interesting spot in free agency. Several teams need a center fielder. The problem is that there are not going to be many every day options available at the position in the open market. With the likes of Kevin Kiermaier and Odubel Herrera as the possible second and third options, Nimmo is going to be a very attractive piece during the offseason.
Three landing spots for New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo
That payday could also limit Nimmo’s options. There are teams such as the Marlins and Guardians that could use help in center, but neither team will spend the money necessary to bring him on board. Of course, Nimmo will have plenty of other options, but his potential market is a bit limited due to financial concerns.
Where will New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo end up in free agency? Let’s look at three possible landing spots.
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It is entirely possible that Nimmo does not go anywhere.
He had stated that he would be “definitely interested” in returning to the New York Mets following their Game Three loss on Sunday. Of course, what else was he supposed to say at that moment – that he wanted no part of returning to Queens and remove a suitor from the ranks?
Nimmo would not even necessarily need a long term deal. The Mets could extend the Qualifying Offer, a significant increase over the $7 million he received this season. It would be the perfect bridge contract to either work out an extension to stay in New York for the long term or to get a large payday before entering free agency.
He is also a significant piece to their batting order. Nimmo was the Mets’ primary leadoff hitter, getting on base and setting the table for a dangerous middle of the lineup. While the Mets do have other players that could potentially slide into that role, Nimmo is a perfect fit for their lineup. Replacing him would be easier said than done.
Brandon Nimmo is open to staying with the New York Mets. They might need him more than any other team.