Make no mistake: Mets OF Brandon Nimmo is well aware his name is currently thrown around in trade rumors.
With reports that the Mets are aggressively pursuing Marlins C J.T. Realmuto, Nimmo -- along with Michael Conforto and Amed Rosario -- are names that have come up in potential packages. SNY's Andy Martino says New York's easier option could be to trade an outfielder like Nimmo in the deal, and sign someone like A.J. Pollock to make up for it.
Even though he may love his current situation, Nimmo doesn't mind hearing his name out there. It means teams, not just the Mets, like what they see.
"It's great to be wanted," he told SNY on Thursday at Carmine's Sports Bar during an even honoring former Met John Franco. "So anyway that is, either with the Mets wanting to keep me or other teams wanting me, it's great to be in these talks. I think that's the best way of looking at it and that's the way i choose to look at it. Either way it pans out, it means I'm wanted somewhere and you'd rather be wanted somewhere than nowhere."
As of now, though, Nimmo remains a good young talent on the Mets for next season -- a season he is excited to embark on. Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen has already bolstered the roster, adding Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz as his first bold move.
This offseason is bound for more, which is why Nimmo has a positive outlook on the Mets' chance to turn things around in 2019.
"Well, it's looking pretty positive right now. I think the real key is everybody stays healthy. If that happens, then I think we can really live up to some expectations. As of right now, we got a strong pitching staff, looks like we added a strong arm to the back of the bullpen and Cano fits right in the middle of the lineup, so hopefully I'll be on base a lot for him to drive me in."
Hopefully Nimmo will still be wearing the blue and orange when the season starts to make that statement a reality.