Jake Day is coming to Citi Field in 2020.
The Astros have traded center fielder Jake Marisnick to the Mets for prospects Kenedy Corona and Blake Taylor, the team announced Thursday.
Marisnick, 28, is one of the better defensive outfielders in baseball. He has been worth 71 Defensive Runs Saved since entering the league in 2013, and he slashed .233/.289/.411 with the Astros in 2019 (120 games), with 10 home runs, his third consecutive double-digit home run season.
Corona, an outfielder, last played in short-season A ball in 2019, his debut season as a pro. Taylor, a 27-year-old pitcher, hit Triple A, but mostly pitched in Single A and Double A in 2019.
Jeff Luhnow said the Astros had been negotiating with “three or four” teams about Jake Marisnick since the GM Meetings. The Mets were “the most aggressive and most interested.”
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) December 5, 2019
The move potentially answers the question of the Mets’ everyday center fielder in 2020; the team lacked a true center-field option heading into the 2020 season, with Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Dominic Smith, J.D. Davis and potentially Yoenis Cespedes all projecting more as corner outfielders. Juan Lagares, still under contract, isn’t quite the defender he once was, either.
Marisnick, who’s an all-world defender but a liability at the plate, could be their answer moving forward. New York tried a similar move last season by trading for Brewers outfielder Keon Broxton, who was designated for assignment in May.
Part of why this an interesting move for the Mets: Marisnick is a free agent after the 2020 season, so general manager Brodie Van Wagenen will likely have to figure out the center-field spot once again following the 2020 season, unless the Mets are confident that Nimmo can slot over to center in the future. This also effectively takes the Mets out of the Starling Marte sweepstakes — the Mets were rumored to be hot after the Pirates outfielder, and Marte wouldn’t have minded playing for New York.
“If I had it in me, I left (sic) now because the caliber of players we have 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 now, Marisnick is a Met, and so is his glorious hair.