General manager Brodie Van Wagenen makes another trade as the New York Mets acquire Keon Broxton from the Milwaukee Brewers.
The New York Mets needed to shore up their outfield ahead of next season, especially considering the concerning news about Yoenis Cespedes’ future. Brodie Van Wagenen delivered an outfielder by acquiring Keon Broxton from the Milwaukee Brewers. Broxton is under team control through 2022.
The Mets gave up two pitchers — Bobby Wahl and Adam Hill — along with infielder Felix Valerio.
Broxton is a plus-outfielder with offensive potential. The centerfielder spent most of last season toiling away in the minor leagues as the crowded Milwaukee outfield pushed Broxton out of the picture. That being said, Broxton is a major league outfielder.
The former third-round draft pick has never quite lived up to expectations, but perhaps a scenery change is exactly what he needs to unlock his potential. The speedy 28-year-old may even compete to be the team’s leadoff hitter. He has the speed to cause problems on the basepath and he has some unexpected pop in his bat as well.
This is another smart move by Van Wagenen, but it’s not the final piece of the puzzle. It’s unclear whether or not the Mets will make a splash in free agency, but Van Wagenen has already shown his creativity on the trade market.
The next big thing on Van Wagenen’s to-do list needs to be signing Jacob deGrom to an extension. Unfortunately, Van Wagenen won’t be involved in deGrom’s extension talks because of his conflict of interest — he used to be deGrom’s agent.
The Mets are making smart moves in advance of the 2019 season, but there is still much work to be done.