The Mets acquired the final piece of their World Series puzzle, trading for Brewers center fielder Keon Broxton. Why even bother playing the season; let’s just parade up Broadway now.
Broxton is said to be a good defensive outfielder, but his bat leaves much to be desired. He did hit 20 home runs in 2017, but he managed just 49 RBIs with a .220 batting average. Oh, and he struck out an alarming 175 times. Last year he struggled for playing time, accumulating just 79 big league at bats (.179, 28 strikeouts).
If there is any silver lining here is that Broxton is still not eligible for arbitration, so he makes very little money. And the Mets gave up three reasonably unheralded prospects for him. So there is very little risk here.
But this cannot be the final lineup addition, can it? Because this lineup without Yoenis Cespedes will not scare anyone. Another big bat is needed, but I get the sneaking suspicion none is forthcoming.