On Thursday morning, The Athletic reported that the New York Mets made a trade to acquire center fielder Jake Marisnick of the Houston Astros. Blake Taylor and Kenedy Corona were sent to the Astros in the deal, neither of whom are considered big time prospects.
Marisnick, entering his age 29 season, is a glove first center fielder who will provide speed in the times he’s able to get on base as well as borderline double digit homer power. His skillset is eerily reminiscent of recently departed Mets outfielder Juan Lagares, so Mets fans will be very familiar with a player of Marisnick’s caliber. Marisnick, according to Fangraphs, ranks very similarly to Lagares in terms of career offensive value (-31.5 vs -40.2) and defensive value (29.7 vs 44.4), although less extreme in both areas. After making waves for his hit on Jonathan Lucroy in 2019, Marisnick will look to take the starting center fielder job in Queens as one of the only true center fielders on the roster.