Mets OF Brandon Nimmo is looking forward to helping the Mets weather the early-season absence of injured fellow OF Michael Conforto.
With the Mets' All-Star center fielder not expected back until May after undergoing shoulder surgery, Nimmo is ready to fill in and do whatever he can to help his club overcome Conforto's missing offense. He'll likely be part of a platoon with Gold Glover Juan Lagares in the early part of the season.
"I do have confidence in what I do and I think I can help out this team a lot," Nimmo said. "While Conforto is resting up and getting healed up, I think we can hold the fort down and do more than just hold the fort down. I think we can contribute and show the Mets why they kept us around."
"Obviously we have some depth, especially when Conforto comes back. But I'm excited about what this spring training has to offer. I've been told to be ready to play all of the [outfield] positions. Obviously, Leggo [Lagares] is a Gold Glove center fielder … and I feel like I've got things under control out there, too."
Nimmo, 24, has come up often in trade talks this winter. The Mets reportedly refused to include him in a deal for Pirates All-Star and former NL MVP Andrew McCutchen, who was dealt to the Giants on Jan. 15. Nimmo was also discussed in trade talks with the Pirates for Josh Harrison.
"That was an honor to be in those talks," Nimmo said of the McCutchen discussions. "I think you've gotta know the business side of it, they were looking at one year with Cutch and they have five years of control with me. I'm honored that [the Mets] felt like I would be a good piece for them this year, because we definitely want to win this year."
Nimmo, the 13th overall pick in the 2011 draft, hit .260/.379/.418 with five HR in 69 games for the Mets in 2017. Fangraph's Eno Sarris recently profiled the Wyoming native, comparing him to a pre-injury version of Indians OF Michael Brantley.
He spent two separate stints on the disabled list last season. Nimmo injured his hamstring while playing for Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic in March and later missed time with a collapsed lung.