The New York Mets era with David Stearns at the helm of president of baseball operations has started off relatively quiet. When Stearns was previously with the smaller market Milwaukee Brewers low level signings of bounce back players and depth pieces was expected. That trend, for the most part, has so far continued but we are early on into his Queens tenure.
Outside of under the radar free agent signings Stearns is also typically very active in the trade market. His track record of success with trades when he was with the Brewers is very good. Coincidentally he has a player currently on the Mets roster who is on the trade block, but the irony is that Stearns acquired him via trade with Milwaukee prior to the 2020 season.
New York Mets reportedly open to trading former 2021 Milwaukee Brewers All-Star catcher Omar Narvaez.
As mentioned David Stearns traded for Omar Narvaez when he was with the Brewers. Narvaez went on to have an All-Star season in 2021, but his 2020 and 2022 seasons were not optimal. Prior to the start of the 2023 season he signed a contract with the Mets and after another disappointing season he exercised his $7.0 million player option for 2024.
A season ago Narvaez hit .211/.283/.297 in just 49 games. He was once known as a bat first type catcher, but while in Milwaukee that narrative started to flip. Underwhelming offensive seasons ultimately haven’t help his cause and he now is on the outside looking in of playing time in 2024.
If the Mets are going to trade Narvaez they likely would have a hard time finding a team willing to take on his $7.0 million salary. New York probably would have to eat some of his salary if a deal gets done. The MLB hot stove has been warming up recently, so it will be interesting to see if a trade occurs or not.
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