The New York Mets have hit the free agent market once again by signing veteran outfielder, Harrison Bader, to a one-year, $10.5 million contract, per Jeff Passan of ESPN. The veteran finds himself back in the Big Apple, just this time, a borough away.
Last season, Bader spent his season with the Yankees and was then claimed off of waivers by the Cincinnati Reds. Bader was traded to the Yankees from the Cardinals during the 2022 trade deadline, and became an instant fan favorite in the Bronx.
During his 2023 season, Bader slashed .274/.348/.622 with 7 home runs. Bader has showed he can provide a big bat in the lineup, however, his real value comes from his defense. Primarily playing centerfield, Bader is known as a defensive wizard and arguably the best defensive centerfielder in all of baseball.
Taking a look into his baseball savant page shows just how much of an asset the 29 year old is.
Stats via Baseballsavant.com
The Mets are getting a huge defensive upgrade with Bader roaming the outfield. Not only does this signing provide more defensive value, it allows flexibility for Brandon Nimmo to get some touches in the corner outfield as well as a good defensive substitute.