Why the Mets should sign former Red Sox slugger Adam Duvall

By Lucas Simms

It may be hard to believe, but Steve Cohen has been the Mets owner for three full seasons now. In his first press conference with the team back in 2020, he stated that he wanted to win a World Series within 3-5 years, preferably sooner. The Mets were aggressive spenders the last three seasons. Superstar players like Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, and Francisco Lindor have all signed with the Mets in this time period. Only Lindor still remains on the team. This is partially due to the fact that the Mets have only made the playoffs once in the last three seasons. Even then, they were bounced by the Padres in the Wild Card series back in 2022. So the question for the New York Mets is simple: Are they still all in?

With the new hiring of David Stearns as President of Baseball Operations, the Mets are clearly easing up on their spending. They have made a plethora of low-risk, high-reward moves that include the signings of Jake Diekman, Adam Ottavino, Sean Manea and Harrison Bader, just to name a few. However, spring training is fast approaching, and the Mets still lack a bonafide designated hitter.

According to SNY insider Andy Martino, the Mets are engaged in discussions with J.D. Martinez and his camp, but the two parties remain far apart in negotiations, which is exactly why the Mets should turn their attention to another former Red Sox power hitter: Adam Duvall.

Duvall, unlike J.D., is coming off an injury-plagued season and would be a much better fit with what the Mets and what are trying to do this off-season, as he will come at a much cheaper price tag than Martinez. Duvall missed a big chunk of time after fracturing his wrist while attempting to catch a fly ball on April 9 against the Tigers. With that being said, he still managed to play in 92 games where he hit .247 with 21 homers and drove in 58 runs for the Red Sox.

Not only could Duvall fill the hole at DH, he could also platoon in the outfield with Starling Marte, who is coming off of an injury-ridden year as well. This would give Duvall and Marte, both in their mid-thirties, an opportunity to manage their injuries and stay healthy. Last year, Duvall signed with the Red Sox on a one-year, seven-million dollar deal. If the Mets could snag him for just as much or maybe even less money, why wouldn’t they?