Would Nick Castellanos or Marcus Semien be good Mets free agent fits?

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Nick Castellanos with Reds in dugout closeup 2021
Nick Castellanos with Reds in dugout closeup 2021

With free agency set to begin the day after the World Series, the Mets will likely be extremely busy.

But which possible free agents are the best fits?

Nick Castellanos will be on the market if he opts out of the final three seasons of his deal with the Cincinnati Reds.

And if Castellanos opts out, the Reds would almost certainly extend the one-year qualifying offer to him.

Marcus Semien, who is coming off a season with the Toronto Blue Jays that will earn him MVP votes, will be an unrestricted free agent and be attached to a qualifying offer.

That means that if the Mets sign Castellanos or Semien (or any other player attached to a QO), they would forfeit the No. 14 pick in the 2021 MLB Draft.

Speaking this week on the Shea Anything podcast presented by Verizon, former Mets reliever Jerry Blevins made the case for both Castellanos and Semien as Mets fits.

Sep 6, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Marcus Semien (10) hits a grand slam home run in the ninth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 6, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Marcus Semien (10) hits a grand slam home run in the ninth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

"Nick Castellanos I think would fit perfectly into the Mets," Blevins said. "He's a right-handed bat, which -- losing (Michael) Conforto from the left side is tough. But I think he's got a good pedigree. I think he plays a serviceable outfield. And he's shown that he can play, man. He's only getting better.

"You can see his career kind of started in Detroit and when he moved on from there, he kind of -- this is who he is. He's established himself as this really elite player. And I think he would fit really nicely."

Said Blevins about Semien:

"I would love to see Marcus Semien from Toronto come to New York. We don't really have a spot for him with (Robinson) Cano coming back. I have no idea what they're gonna do there. But he's another big power impact bat that would be an amazing.

"I don't know Castellanos personally, but I know Marcus Semien personally. And having his presence in a clubhouse would just make your team that much better."