Jake’s day comes at Citi Field in 2020.
The Astros have shared the center with Jake Marisnick at the Mets for prospects Kenedy Corona and Blake Taylor, the team announced Thursday.
Marisnick, 28, is one of the best defensive players in baseball. Worth 71 Defensive Matches Saved from entering the league in 2013 and lost .233 / .289 / .411 with the Astros in 2019 (120 games), with 10 home runs, in the third consecutive double-digit season.
Corona, an outfielder, last played in a short season A ball in 2019, in his professional debut season. Tavlor, a 27-year-old pitcher, hit Triple A, but most of it was A single and Double A in 2019.
Jeff Luhnow said the Astros had negotiated “three or four” teams for Jake Marisnik from the GS. The Mets were “the most aggressive and the most interested.”
– Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) December 5, 2019
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The move can answer the question of the Mets’ daily center in 2020. The team did not have a true choice in the central field of the 2020 season, while Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Dominic Smith, J.D. Davis and possibly Yoenis Cespedes are all more promoted as home fans. Juan Lagares, who is still a contributor, is not the defender he once was.
Marisnick, who is a global defender but a liability on the plate, may be their answer going forward. New York made a similar move last season with a deal for Brewers Outfielder Keon Broxton, who was appointed in May.
Part of why this is an exciting move for the Mets: Marisnick is a free agent after the 2020 season, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen will probably have to calculate the center spot once again after the 2020 season, that Nimmo may reach the center in the future. This also effectively eliminates the Mets from the Starling Marte races – the Mets were rumored to be hot after the Pirates outfielder, and Marte had no mind playing for New York.
“If I had it inside me, I’d leave (sic) now, because the size of our players is not to compete in a world series,” Marte said in November. “The Mets have it all, it would be a great opportunity to play with them.”
But for me, Marisnick is a Met, and so is his glorious hair.