The New York Mets reportedly have a need for another power hitter ahead of next month’s MLB trade deadline, and they are eyeing a possible move for Washington Nationals first baseman Josh Bell.
According to USA Today Sports’ Bob Nightengale, the Mets are “expressing strong interest” in trading for Bell. In the case that they pull off a trade for the one-time All-Star, they plan to then make him their full-time designated hitter.
In the big picture, Nightengale also adds that the Mets “badly need another power bat,” and at the least, Bell is among their options to resolve this dilemma. However, the Mets may have to put forth quite a notable trade package for him, as the New York Post’s Jon Heyman did recently note that it would take a “big prospect” in order for them to acquire him.
Bell is currently in his second season with the Nationals, where he has so far posted career highs across the board; he boasts a .311 batting average coupled with a .390 OBP. He has been among the bright spots on a sluggish Nationals offense, which includes leading the team in RBI with 50.
Three different players have earned at least 10 starts out at DH for the Mets so far in the campaign, including both J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith. The two each have had down years, as Davis has logged a career-low .284 slugging percentage, while Smith sits at a career-low 93 OPS+.
The Mets have been linked with multiple sluggers as of late, including Nationals designated hitter Nelson Cruz. Overall, Mets general manager Billy Eppler is set to have a fair share of options to find a new starter for the DH position.