New York Mets infielder Jeff McNeil is an intriguing fit for the Colorado Rockies
New York Mets infielder Jeff McNeil is a likely trade candidate once the lockout ends and he is a good fit for the Colorado Rockies.
McNeil, who turns 30 about a week after Opening Day, is a former All-Star for the Mets and it seemed like he would be a stalwart of the team for years to come. But after seeing a drop in production and a very public altercation with Francisco Lindor, who is contracted to be with the Mets for the next ten years, it looks like the Mets will trade him. Mike Puma of The New York Post recently reported that “there is some expectation within the industry the Mets will trade” either McNeil or the next person who happens to be on our list.
In 2021, in 120 games, McNeil hit .251/.319/.360 with seven homers and 35 RBI and an OPS+ of 88. In 2020, he hit .311/.383/.454 with four homers and 23 RBI along with an OPS+ of 130 in 52 games in the pandemic-shortened season. 2019 was his All-Star season and he had a great season.
He played in 133 games and he had 38 doubles, 23 homers, and 75 RBI with a slash line of .318/.384/.531 and an OPS+ of 143.
The Rockies have been known to like their versatile players and McNeil is just that. The Rockies need an infielder and, primarily, McNeil plays second base but he also has extensive playing time at third, left field, and right field as well. Additionally, he played shortstop, first base, and center field in the minor leagues.
McNeil is arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason and he is slated to get around $2.8 million in arbitration so he would be a relatively cheap option for the Rockies.