July 26, 2021

Mets News: Mets trade for center fielder Jake Marisnick (Amazin’ Avenue)

The New York Mets have acquired center fielder Jake Marisnick in a trade with the Houston Astros. The news was first reported by Ken Rosenthal. In return, the team is parting with minor league pitcher Blake Taylor and outfielder Kenedy Corona. Neither player is considered a Top 30 prospect in the team’s system, according to MLB Pipeline. Taylor was recently added to the team’s 40-man roster.

Marisnick will effectively replace Juan Lagares as the team’s back-up center fielder and will likely play against left-handed pitchers in place of Brandon Nimmo. The soon-to-be 29-year-old is a defense-first outfielder who has not been much of a hitter. Over the course of his seven years in the majors, he’s hit .220/.280/.395 with a 78 wRC+ and a 6.1 fWAR in 650 games. He began his career with the Miami Marlins before heading to Houston on July 31, 2014 as part of a trade for Jarred Cosart and Enrique Hernandez.

Since joining the Astros, he has played at least 100 games in each of the last five years. Last season, he slashed .233/.289/.411 with an 86 wRC+ and a 1.1 fWAR in 120 games. In the field, he posted a 5 DRS in center field last year along with a 5.4 UZR/150. During the…

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