Jake Marisnick

Jake Marisnick for the Mets

By Fabrice Pierre-Toussaint

Contributing Writer for Telegraph Local | See my LinkedIn

On December 5, 2019,  Jake Marisnick, an outfielder was acquired by the New York Mets from the Houston Astros on Thursday for two prospects, left-hander Blake Taylor and outfielder Kenedy Corona. Marisnick who is 28-year-old is ranked seventh among outfielders with 64 defensive run saved, hit .233 with 10 homers, 34 RBIs and 10 steals last season. With seven years of active involvement with the Astros and Marlins, he’s hit .227 in 685 games. He hit 16 home runs in helping Houston reach the World Series in 2017. According to Sports Illustrated.

The year prior, Marisnick at times was a backup in an Astros outfield that also included George Springer, Michael Brantley and Josh Reddick. Marisnick went 3 for 8 in the World Series loss to Washington. ”Jake is an elite defender who is an incredibly smart baserunner,” Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said in a statement. ”Among our offseason plans was to improve defensively and he is one of the best in the game.”

He slid abruptly into home plate on July 7, giving Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy a broken nose and concussion, Marisnick was suspended for two games. Angels pitcher Noe Ramirez hit Marisnick between the shoulder blades with a pitch on July 16, drawing a three-game ban. Marisnick made $2.2 million and is most likely to earn about $3 million next season. He can become a free agent after the 2020 World Series. As of now, the Houston Astros remained quiet. Besides signing veteran catcher Dusting Garneau and Aaron Sanchez, they will now be without Marisnick. In return, Houston got back two prospects left-handed pitcher Blake Taylor and outfielder Kenedy Corona. What seems to be the most surprising about the move is that most experts were certain that Josh Reddick and the $13 million that he’s owed in 2020,the last season of his contract would have been the first of any player to be traded. Turns out with Marisnick having a friendlier contract and defensive speed, his value certainly seemed to be higher than that of Reddick. Now, not to say that Reddick cannot still be dealt with, especially, if the Houston Astros want to free up salary for next season. For now, Marisnick is the first big departure for Houston so far in the 2019-20 offseason. According to House of Houston.

If there’s anything undesirable about Jake Marisnick, it would be his bat. He is not a big contact hitter or for-average hitter for that matter.  He actually does possess power for that matter and not like many other players of his stature, Marisnick is a huge threat on the bases to steal and tap into some serious running speed. It is expected that he will be filling in Juan Lagares’s former role. Marisnick’s new manager Beltran were teammates on the Astros’ World Series-winning team in 2017. Marisnick nonetheless gives the team a true center fielder,  his 64 defensive runs saved since 2014 ranks seventh among all outfielders.

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