The Mets turned down a trade for Andrew McCutchen that was centered around outfielder Brandon Nimmo, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The reason for the Mets backing out is said to be their fondness of Nimmo’s five years of control and the potential they see in him.
One of Nimmo’s most coveted skills is his ability to work the count and draw walks, as evidenced by his .379 on-base percentage and 15.3 walk percentage, the latter ranked 10th in baseball among all players with 200 or more plate appearances. As far as 2018, when everyone is healthy, he is currently projected to be the team’s fourth outfielder behind Conforto, Bruce, and Cespedes.
Rosenthal also mentioned the Mets’ openness to possibly include Nimmo in another deal for Pirates infielder Josh Harrison. The versatile Harrison has been on the Mets’ radar for the past few weeks in their search of an infielder. He can play adequately at both second and third base and has a career 100 OPS+ and has been an above-average baserunner. Harrison is also more of a long term solution compared to McCutchen, as he is under contract for three more seasons—including two team option years—while McCutchen would only be under team control for one.