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New York Mets Sign Eduardo Escobar and Mark Canha

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The New York Mets made a few signings on Black Friday. Their big signing was veteran outfielder, Starling Marte. However, they added two more veterans as well.

The first signing was 32-year-old, versatile infielder, Eduardo Escobar to a two-year $20 million deal. Escobar spent 2021 with the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Milwaukee Brewers.

He fits a need at third base for the New York Mets but can play multiple infield positions. This will allow the Mets to be creative in lineup construction.

The second signing was 32-year-old outfielder, Mark Canha. Canha is best served playing left field, but with Brandon Nimmo and Marte on the team, his defense will not be as big of an issue.

Neither guy qualifies as a superstar, but both are quality players that help lengthen lineups. The New York Mets got better.

New York Mets Sign Eduardo Escobar and Mark Canha

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As mentioned, the New York Mets got better on Friday.

The Mets spent the majority of 2021 in first place in the NL East, however, a second-half collapse caused them to miss the playoffs. Owner Steve Cohen wants to change the narrative going into 2022, and that looks to be by letting new GM Billy Eppler spend.

Escobar and Canha project to hit in the lower half of the Mets lineup. However, that should help improve a Mets offense that finished middle of the pack in 2021. As a team, the Mets offense featured a 96 wRC+ which was good for 16th in baseball.

These signings, along with Marte, should bolster the Mets’ offense. It will still be a difficult task to reach the playoffs in the NL East that features 2021 World Series champions, the Atlanta Braves.

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Eduardo Escobar, 1B/2B/3B, New York Mets

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Career: .256/.309/.436 .317 wOBA, 96 wRC+ 99 OPS+

162 game averages: 20 HR, 72 R, 77 RBI, 3 SB

Escobar’s 2021 ADP was 265 and that is probably near where he will go in 2022. While Escobar’s best days may be ahead of him, the Mets offense appears to be solid heading into 2022.

He probably does not reach the 30 HR mark but should be good for 20-25 HR if he stays healthy. Hitting at the bottom of the lineup may limit his ability to score, but he could see plenty of runners on base. A projection of 130 runs plus RBI feels right.

Escobar is not one to take many walks, and his career 6.9% walk rate limits his value in OBP leagues.

Mark Canha, OF, New York Mets

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Career: .244/.344/.431 .337 wOBA, 116 wRC+, 111 OPS+

162 game averages: 22 HR, 87 R, 74 RBI, 7 SB

Canha’s 2021 ADP was 240 and he will most likely be drafted in a similar range. Canha really broke out in 2019 at age 30 and has been consistent since that time.

The 20 HR mark is probably his peak, but he could be a sneaky value to rack up solid run and RBI totals. While he is projected at sixth in the current lineup, his ability to get on base, could help him move up to the top of the Mets lineup if Nimmo struggles. He could find himself with 70+ runs and RBIs with a great season.

Canha’s value boosts in OBP leagues, as he carries a career 10.2% walk rate. Since his breakout in 2019 though, his walk rates over the last three seasons are 13.5%, 15.2%, 12.3% respectively. He gets on base, and that will always provide value.

The sneaky part of his game is he could add somewhere between 5-10 stolen bases. It does not seem like much, but guys that provide some stolen bases are much more valuable than those who will give nothing in the running game.

Sneaky Upside for the New York Mets and Fantasy Baseball

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Neither Escobar nor Canha will be winning MVP awards or talked about as flashy signings. They could provide great value for a Mets team desperate to win.

They also could provide great value late in Fantasy Baseball drafts or as targets in deeper leagues. Canha could be a sneaky play in OBP leagues to help boost the team’s overall OBP.

Adding these guys to a Mets lineup featuring Starling Marte, Francisco Lindor, and Pete Alonso could be a recipe for success for the Mets offense in 2022. It could also be a great fit for their Fantasy Baseball outlooks.

About Trent Dickeson

Trent joined the Fantasy Six Pack crew in 2020 to provide fantasy baseball information and analysis. He has been an avid fantasy baseball player for several years now and uses his knowledge of advanced metrics to predict fantasy baseball performances.

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