The New York Mets are reportedly interested in trading veteran outfielder Brandon Nimmo prior to the 2020 campaign.
Could Brandon Nimmo‘s time with the New York Mets be over this offseason? Apparently, it’s a possibility. According to Andy Martino of SNY, the Mets are actually looking to move the veteran outfielder prior to the 2020 season. Nimmo has been in the majors since 2016 and has only played in over 100 games in one of his four years.
Specifically, Mets open to moving Brandon Nimmo per sources
— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) December 11, 2019
Trading Nimmo is most definitely in an attempt to acquire outfielder Starling Marte from the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 31-year-old veteran is a two-time Gold Glove Award-winner and a one-time All-Star. Marte has been connected to a potential trade with the Mets for much of this offseason. This past season, he hit 23 home runs with 82 RBIs and a slash line of .295/.342/.503.
Nimmo only played in 69 games in 2019, having dealt with neck injuries for much of the year. In that span of time, he hit eight home runs with 29 RBIs and a slash line of .221/.375/.407. He’s played in 32, 69, 140, and 69 games from 2016-19, respectively.
If a Nimmo-for-Marte trade were to occur, Marte would be joining an outfield that includes J.D. Davis, Michael Conforto, and eventually (potentially) Yoenis Céspedes. The latter hasn’t played since the 2018 season, having dealt with Achilles and ankle injuries. Céspedes has been making progress, but according to general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, it’s still unclear if he’ll be good to go for 2020.
Regardless of what their outfield looks like next year, the Mets will have the goal of making the postseason for the first time since 2016.