Earlier in the offseason, the New York Mets acquired Keon Broxton from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for minor leaguers Bobby Wahl, Adam Hill and Felix Valerio.
Broxton has proven that he is able to compete at the major league level while putting up 20 home runs and a .220 average over 143 games in 2017. Along with that, throughout his career his WAR has rounded up to 4.1. In the winter of 2017, Broxton lost his centerfield spot in Milwaukee to newly signed Lorenzo Cain. Broxton struggled in 2018, while being shuttled often between Triple-A and the MLB. However, the crown jewel of Broxton’s game is shown in his defense. Broxton put up a perfect fielding percentage in 2018, (as well as robbing multiple home runs in his career). Along with his superb fielding Broxton also provides a spark along the baselines, with two seasons with over 20 stolen bases.
In order to acquire Broxton, the Mets had to part ways with three prospects. Bobby Wahl came to New York in the Jeurys Familia deal. Wahl struggled in his brief Major League stint putting up a 10.13 ERA in 5 innings with the Mets in 2017. Wahl has been plagued by injuries and hopes to combat that once he arrives in Milwaukee. Adam Hill was the Mets fourth round selection in the past draft. Hill put up a respectable 4.12 ERA for the University of South Carolina in the 2018 season, then reported to the Brooklyn Cyclones where he pitched well over the brief season. The final player heading to the Brewers organization is infielder Felix Valerio. The 18-year-old has had a fantastic start to his pro career. Over 67 games with the Mets Developmental team, Valerio hit better than .331 with an OBP of .420. Valerio has the ability to become a serviceable MLB player in the future.
This move signifies that the Mets are not done molding their outfield, as reinforced by assistant GM Omar Minaya: "If [Cespedes] gives us anything this year, that is gravy." Clearly, the Mets are not preparing for Yoenis Cespedes to be ready until much later in the season, if at all, so the Mets will need to keep upgrading their outfield. The trade for Keon Broxton adds a controllable, (not a free agent until 2023) dynamic player that has skills that the Mets have been lacking for years. Whether it is enough to get them over the top and solidify their outfield mix remains to be seen.