At the beginning of the offseason, Mets OF Brandon Nimmo saw his name swirling around MLB trade rumors, but he wasn’t worried one bit.
This isn’t the first time it’s happening.
Calling into "Mets Hot Stove," Nimmo divulged on the first time he remembers his name being out there, and how that moment shaped his mindset about the rumors.
"It seems like since I’ve been in the big leagues that I’ve been on the cusp of being traded," he told SNYs Gary Apple. "I remember back in 2016 it was like a done deal that I was being traded for Jay Bruce. And then stretch came around and it was like ‘Oh, I guess I’m heading out for stretch.’ It didn’t end up going through about 10 minutes to the deadline.
"So seems like ever since that point, my name has always been out there, which is great. The way I like to look at it is it’s a great thing that people want you and you’re name’s out there. But I’m still a New York Met and so that means the Mets like me even better and that’s a really great thing too. So you just try and take care of the work you put in and preparation that you have."
This offseason, Nimmo’s name was featured primarily in the potential trade for Marlins C J.T. Realmuto, but the Mets leaned away from dealing Nimmo, Michael Conforto, or Amed Rosario, which shows how much Mets new GM Brodie Van Wagenen values his young talent.
Unless something crazy happens, it looks like Van Wagenen is happy with Nimmo being an everyday outfielder, and rightfully so as his production would warrant that responsibility. Nimmo posted a .263/.404/.483 line with a career-high 17 homers and 47 RBI over 140 games last season — his first full season in the big leagues.
At 25 years old, Nimmo is also under team control for another four seasons, making him a valuable asset for the Mets for years to come.