Brandon Nimmo didn't know his name was being thrown around in trades when the Mets discussed a potential move with the Pirates for Andrew McCutchen. His wife, Chelsea, told him when the two were hanging out on the couch.
"Huh. I guess you were almost traded," Chelsea told Brandon, via Matt Ehalt of The Record.
Nimmo wasn't offended, either. In fact, not only was his ego not bruised, it was stroked. He was glad to be in a discussion with former NL MVP McCutchen and honored the Mets kept him.
"I was like, 'wow, that's pretty cool they kept me,'" Nimmo said. "It was an honor that the Mets thought enough of me to keep me around even for a year of control of McCutchen, a guy I respect and I watched growing up."
Nimmo, 24, hit .260/.379/.418 with five HR in 69 games for the Mets in 2017. He was selected by the Mets with the 13th overall pick of the 2011 MLB Draft.
"I appreciate the confidence they have in me. Last year, I played more on an everyday basis and showed what I'm capable of at the major league level. It was a great opportunity, and they liked what they saw," Nimmo said. "This year is a new year and they'll make decisions based off what they see now."
As for Nimmo in 2018, all options are on the table as Mets manager Mickey Callaway hasn't told him any specifics.
"They have not told me, hey, this is what you're going to do," Nimmo said. "Just to be ready for all positions, and I think I showed that last year that I can play all positions."