Should the Mets sign Brandon Nimmo or Trea Turner?

Ryan Moran
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Sep 25, 2022; Oakland, California, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) tosses his bat after drawing a walk against the Oakland Athletics during the third inning at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Two of the most discussed bats for the New York Mets this offseason have been career-long Met, Brandon Nimmo and big-ticket free agent, Trea Turner.

Both players are young at 29 years old and would help a Mets lineup that needs to be better in 2023. While the Mets’ batting order could use as many reinforcements as possible, there are other needs across the roster that must be addressed. From that point, the question becomes, will the Mets have to decide between or the other with Nimmo and Turner?

Why the Mets will only be able to sign one of Brandon Nimmo or Trea Turner:

The Mets will have the money available this offseason to pay the contracts both Nimmo and Turner will command. The issue, though, as stated above, the Mets will have to give out a big contract or two to improve their pitching, as both the starting rotation and bullpen are filled with current unknowns.

At the moment, the Mets starting rotation only has two starters locked-in with Max Scherzer and Carlos Carrasco. They would probably love to keep both Jacob deGrom and Chris Bassitt, or at least one of them, which will be expensive against their payroll. If they lose deGrom, their attention would likely turn to Carlos Rodon, who will not come cheap.

In the bullpen, the Mets just handed out the biggest deal ever for a reliever to Edwin Diaz. Even from there, more additions must be made to the bullpen.

It leads to the point of the Mets only being able to hand out one massive contract to a bat. Whether the Mets prefer an already-known commodity to their organization in Nimmo or a potential upgrade as both a contact and power bat in Turner remains to be seen. While Nimmo has been a glue to the clubhouse of the Mets, Turner would give a jolt to the lineup the Mets need.