Dodgers: Five teams for Yasiel Puig as MLB considers universal DH

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JUPITER, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 22: A detail of a New York Mets hat during a spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium on February 22, 2020 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

New York Mets

Any conversation about the New York Mets seems to start with payroll. As long as the Wilpons still own the team–and they are apparently trying to sell, without much luck–Mets fans will never feel confident that the team is willing to spend the necessary money to compete with the likes of the Yankees and Dodgers.

The Mets could use an extra DH/outfield candidate with Yoenis Cespedes return to health uncertain, at best. Right now, they plan on rolling into the new year with Jake Marisnick receiving significant at-bats in a platoon role with Brandon Nimmo. It would help New York to offset the days they decide to go with defense in center field with a potent bat, like Puig’s, in the DH spot.

Otherwise, the Mets will need to rely on Dominic Smith to act as the team’s designated hitter. Smith has potential, and DH would give him a place in the lineup after Pete Alonso emerged as a superstar at Smith’s natural position at first base. But it remains to be seen whether the former first round draft pick can become a reliable big league hitter.

Puig might prove too pricey for the Mets, especially given the current economic conditions; but perhaps all teams are reluctant to spend a lot on an added bat, bringing the right-hander into their price range.