It sounds like that executives around the league are simultaneously down on Kris Bryant, perfect time to buy in, right? That’s if you’re trying to go against the grain. Recently a rival NL executive had said he’d find it hard to believe if Bryant could catch a deal with an AAV compared to the current $18M+ Qualifying Offer.
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With second baseman Robinson Cano being suspended for a second time PED violation, Jeff McNeil is poised to take over second base and that leaves a potential spot open in the hot corner that SNY analyst Jim Duquette has addressed in his own way.
Duquette would send over Kris Bryant to the Mets, for a the pair of either Andres Gimenez or Amed Rosario and number two prospect, catcher Francisco Alvarez. I’d imagine that the team would send Rosario over Gimenez.
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While some may say it’s time for the slugger J.D. Davis to take the lead, the power hitting right hander profiles better as a DH/1B/LF/&RF before a third baseman. While it’s extremely beneficial for a player to play many positions, with a player like Davis, it’s best to keep him at one spot, two the most.
Bryant would definitely be an upgrade over Davis at third base, defensively and even in the batters box. Yes the Mets would be paying more in prospects and financially, but specifically compared to JD Davis, it may be worth it.
However, Alvarez is a great player in his own right and with that productivity coming from a premier position like catcher, the Mets may decide to hold off… or at maybe offer a different package. Or maybe try and trade for an Arenado.
While Bryant is better than Davis defensively, it’s not like he’s been a gold glove at the hot corner. In 2020, Bryant had a 0 OAA, +2 in 2019, and -3 in 2018 showing inconsistency at best.
I wouldn’t pull the trigger for Bryant. No, instead I’d look at the other huge option at third base in Arenado. We’ll later in another article take a look into why he’s the better option and upgrade at third base.
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