With Yoenis Cespedes signing a 4-year deal with the Mets yesterday, that left some questions as to who will be remaining with the Mets in 2017. The Mets currently have 6 outfielders, Granderson, Bruce, Cespedes, Lagares, Conforto, and Nimmo. That's obviously an unnecessary amount of talent to keep on the bench. The Mets need to move someone or maybe multiple people because they don't have enough AB's to go around.
The more conventional approach would be, trade away either Granderson or Bruce since they're in the last years of their deals and they're both set to make well over $10 million. You can get more for Bruce than Granderson at this point in their careers, but I don't think the Mets should have any problem finding a buyer. Granderson is set to make $16 million, so it might be a little harder to dish him, and you'll probably get less in return. Regardless, someone needs to go because having 6 outfielders is downright unnecessary.
Here's my master plan for what I think the Mets should do in this situation. Keep Conforto, Lagares, and Nimmo, have those three split time in right/center field. Trade Granderson for some mid tier prospects and maybe a decent lefty specialist for the bullpen. Trade Bruce for a catcher, anyone is better than D'Arnaud, I mean catcher is not the position you want your biggest question mark at, so address that issue by trading Bruce. Now you got your outfield situation cleared up, you have a better catcher, a nice little lefty specialist, a couple prospects, and most importantly you just freed up over $25 million in the budget. This is where I win the Mets the 2017 World Series, with the money you just saved from those guys now being off the roster it's time to make a big splash in free agency. Oh wait, all the position player spots are taken and the rotation is already 7 deep, who could the Mets possibly need you might ask. Kenley Jansen. The Mets pick up one of the best young relievers in baseball, creating their own three headed monster in the back of their bullpen with Reed, Familia, and Jansen. That'd be the best pitching staff baseball has ever seen and it'd be almost impossible for the Mets to not win the World Series with that starting staff and those monsters coming out of the bullpen to seal the deal. Sandy Anderson can thank me later, time for him to step up big time once again at the winter meetings, playing all his cards the right way, and pull off one of the greatest offseason moves in the history of baseball.