The Mets went on a shopping spree this Black Friday, inking three players to multi-year contracts.
The first of the three players to sign was Eduardo Escobar, who accepted a two-year, $20 million deal with a third year club option. Escobar spent last season with Arizona and Milwaukee, slashing .253/.314/.472 with 28 homeruns and 90 RBI in 146 games. This move bolsters the Mets infield depth and creates a blueprint for the rest of the Mets offseason. With the signing of Escobar, the Mets have a relatively complete infield, assuming Escobar takes over as the everyday third baseman.
However, with the Mets still very much in the hunt for Javier Baez, the signing of Escobar may signal the end of JD Davis’s Mets tenure. With Davis becoming much more expendable, especially if Baez returns, the Mets now have a great trade package to offer up for a starting pitcher.
This Escobar signing looks even better when the other two deals are taken into consideration. With the additions of Starling Marte and Mark Canha, Eduardo Escobar will be seen more as a back half of the lineup bat, which is exactly where he belongs. Having a bat of Escobar’s caliber in the six or seven spot is going to make pitchers work through the entire lineup. Escobar also has a knack for getting extra-base hits, which will be extremely helpful for a Mets team that struggled mightily last season to drive in runs.
This most important part of this Escobar contract is that the Mets now have a true, everyday third baseman to bridge the gap between now and the arrival of their top prospects. Both Brett Baty and Ronny Mauricio have two to three years left in their development processes, and the Mets are in need of somebody who can play third base until that point. Escobar presents a true solution to this issue, filling the position until the Mets can comfortably send Baty or Mauricio out there everyday.
All in all, this deal was a very solid move by the Mets. The monetary commitment was not extreme, he fills a key role for the Mets, and his addition allows the Mets to pursue more trades for starting pitching. Escobar was the first piece to a huge day for the Mets front office, and the first move in what appears to be a busy offseason upcoming for New York.
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