April 11, 2021

Jeff McNeil could get in the way of his own Mets stardom (New York Post)


Part 16 in a series analyzing the New York Mets

The Mets went hard after Ben Zobrist before the 2016 season, valuing his versatility as one of the first players to wear the “super-utility” label.

Zobrist ultimately signed with the Cubs, leaving the Mets to wait a few years before receiving a true super-utility option: Jeff McNeil adequately played four positions last season and brought a potent bat to the lineup.

McNeil, selected to the National League All-Star team for the Mets with Pete Alonso and Jacob deGrom, had a .318/.384/.531 slash line with 23 homers and 75 RBIs in 133 games divided among left field, right field, third base and second base.

The 28-year-old McNeil figures to receive most of his action at third base should there be a 2020 season, belonging to an infield that could be a team strength (at least offensively), joining Alonso, Robinson Cano and Amed Rosario.

Any doubts the Mets had about McNeil — he was included in one iteration of the trade with the Mariners before last season that brought Cano and Edwin Diaz to Queens — have been replaced by wonderment about his ceiling. McNeil remained in the hunt for the NL batting title deep into last…

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