The Mets are among the teams considering free agent designated hitter J.D. Martinez, according to a report from Jon Heyman of the Post. The 36-year-old is coming off a 2023 season in which he hit .271/.321/.572 with 33 home runs and a 135 wRC+ for the Dodgers.
Over the past ten seasons, Martinez has been one of the most consistent hitters in baseball. He’s totaled a 140 wRC+ since the beginning of the 2014 season, and the pandemic-shortened season in 2020 was the only one in which he was worse than league average by wRC+.
As for the Mets, they struggled to get much out of the DH spot in their lineup this season. Daniel Vogelbach, who the team non-tendered following the season, got the most playing time in that spot in the lineup this year and hit just .235/.345/.414 with a 113 wRC+. And Mark Vientos, who is still in the organization with a shot at making the Opening Day roster, hit .210/.258/.378 with a 74 wRC+ in his time playing as a designated hitter.