3. New York Mets
The Mets went far this year with a talented, young ball club that seems to be fairly set for seasons to come. Their 2015 backstop Travis d’Arnaud isn’t arbitration eligible until 2017, but also isn’t under contract for the time being. Much like other catchers mentioned in this article, d’Arnaud is young (24) and had shown some flashes of real talent. Is Lucroy older? Yes. Still an upgrade? Very much so.
The stocking of the Mets farm system makes this a very tantalizing option for the Brewers, having much of what they need to retool their club, such as first baseman Dominic Smith and outfielder Brandon Nimmo. They also have some room to spend depending on whether they’re interested in re-signing some key playoff run components like second baseman Daniel Murphy and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.
On that end, also don’t be surprised if, in this case, the Brewers may try to move infielder Scooter Gennett or outfielder Ryan Braun to not only help their cause, but also fill holes for the Mets if those re-signings don’t happen. Rumors were flying last season about the Brewers moving Braun and 2016 should be no different.