The New York Mets could find themselves in an unexpected position as sellers at the trade deadline. If that is the case, at least one of their players could have a robust market.
According to Buster Olney from ESPN, several teams have reached out to the Mets regarding Mark Canha. He specifically listed the Seattle Mariners as one of those other teams, citing their interest in bringing Canha on board when he was a free agent during the 2021-22 offseason.
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Canha is the type of piece that could fit with virtually any contending team. His defensive versatility, capable of playing any spot in the outfield and first base, makes him an attractive option. He has also been adept at getting on base, drawing walks at a 10% clip over his career and leading the league in being hit by a pitch in each of the past two seasons. His $11.5 million team option for 2024 is also affordable, making Canha potentially more than a rental.
While he has not been the same player he has been since becoming an every day option, he has still put together a solid season. He has posted a .244/.346/.396 batting line in his 266 plate appearances, hitting six homers and 14 doubles with seven steals. He is still getting on base, providing a solid presence in the Mets’ lineup.
It is just a matter of what teams are willing to part with for his services. As contenders look for help, either in their lineup or in a backup role, Canha is the perfect option. It would not be a surprise for the Mets to find themselves with a bidding war for his services, ending up with a better haul than expected.
Mark Canha is generating plenty of interest ahead of the trade deadline. The New York Mets find themselves with a solid return.