Should the Mets Let Jake Marisnick Walk or Sign Back?

Former World Series Champion and outfielder Jake Marisnick will be a free agent this offseason and the New York Mets will be looking to re-sign him.

The Mets traded minor leaguers Blake Taylor and Kenedy Corona to the Houston Astros for Marisnick, last year. He was expected to play more on the Mets, but that wasn’t the case, mostly due to injuries. Marisnick hit .333 with a .959 OPS over 33 at-bats. He launched two home runs and drove in five runs. These at-bats came late in the season, during the final few games.

Now, the Marisnick trade will be viewed like this: The Mets gave up Taylor — who has years of team control remaining — for a backup outfielder that played in 16 games. Regardless, that probably is not a fair lens through which to view it because no one saw a shortened season coming.

Why Should The Mets Re-Sign Marisnick?

With the Mets looking to trade Brandon Nimmo and move on from Yoenis Cespedes, re-signing Jake Marisnick would be smart. Marisnick could return to the club because he does feature the defense and speed necessary to fill a role as a backup outfielder. He’ll be even more valuable if he can continue making strides at the plate. Marisnick said he’s enjoyed his experience as a Met, which makes it even more likely for the signing.

The Mets outfield will most likely feature Jeff McNeil in left field, Brandon Nimmo in center field, and Michael Conforto in right field on Opening Day. J.D. Davis will be the starting third baseman but he can always play the outfield if needed. But with the Mets trying to move on from Nimmo, re-signing Marisnick is a smart insurance plan.

2020 was too small of a sample size to say Jake Marisnick can’t make an impact on the Mets. Marisnick’s offensive stats never impressed, but his defensive skills should keep him in the majors for a long time. Marisnick has playoff experience when he was on the Astros and he won’t cost a lot of money. It won’t be disappointing if the Mets don’t re-sign the 29 year 0ld, but it is definitely something the Mets should prioritize. The team can still pay someone like Trevor Bauer and J.T. Realmuto big money.

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