The Mets just finished one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history that saw them go from World Series contenders while boasting the highest payroll in baseball to being the biggest sellers at the deadline and finishing 75-87.
The blue and orange are entering this offseason with a couple of significant needs, but an outfielder is one of the more glaring ones.
At the trade deadline, the blue and orange traded away starters Tommy Pham and Mark Canha, while another projected starter, Starling Marte, is entering his age 35 season and has been riddled with injuries during his Mets tenure.
With no prospect expected to fill the void in 2024, Steve Cohen and the company will likely have to turn to free agency.
Cody Bellinger could come to Queens
One of the more intriguing options for the Mets to sign would be taking a chance on former National League MVP Cody Bellinger.
After spending six seasons with the Dodgers, Bellinger signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Cubs last offseason, hoping the change of scenery would lead to a career renaissance.
Going to the Windy City did just that for the Arizona native as in 130 games, Bellinger slashed .307/.356/.525 with 26 home runs and 97 RBIs.
Bellinger has a mutual option set for 12 million dollars next season, but the 28-year-old will most certainly opt out of that as he could command up to nine figures on the open market. However, the Arizona native has yet to announce his plans yet.
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Should the Mets sign Bellinger?
Bellinger is undoubtedly an intriguing option for the blue and orange.
Bellinger is still young, as he will just be entering his age 28 season in 2024, which fits the philosophical change Cohen has preached the organization has wanted.
The Arizona native also fills the Mets’ need for some left-handed power in the lineup and can play multiple positions effectively (first base and all three outfield positions), providing some flexibility in the lineup.
In addition, the Mets could use a player with post-season experience, and Bellinger has just that. In 69 playoff games, Bellinger has hit nine home runs and driven in 33 runs while appearing in three different World Series.
If Bellinger is willing to come to New York and Cohen can make the contract work, it would be a fantastic pickup for the blue and orange.