Nelson Cruz is in the sights of the Mets
The New York Mets have a good team, but there are still flaws in the formation, which is slowly being caught by the Braves in the standings.
Is designated hitting production one of them? Yes, Dominic Smith and JD Davis aren’t doing badly these days, but it takes more than that.
And this little extra so much sought after by the New York formation, it could go through a major acquisition to fill the position.
That’s why Nelson Cruz’s name is circulating in New York right now.
Back in the National after starting his career in Milwaukee, Cruz didn’t have the season of his career. That said, his 46 RBIs in a lineup like Washington’s are eye-opening, though. Even though it only has eight circuits…
This season, Cruz is making $12 million and he could make $16 million next year based on a mutual contract option. This means that it will not be activated.
He will therefore be a free agent at the end of the season, just like Josh Bell. The latter is left-handed, he is playing better this season, he is younger and he plays at first base. Would he be a better option for the Mets than veteran Cruz? The question arises, especially because of the price to pay which will be lower for Cruz than for his teammate Bell.
At the same time, the 42 DH has so much respect from the guys and his experience is gold. I understand the interest of the Mets, but I don’t know if he is the best target for them this year.