Brandon Nimmo knows his name has come up in trade conversations.
Earlier this month, Ken Rosenthal reported that the Pirates were interested in the young Mets outfielder in exchange for five-time All Star Andrew McCutchen. However, talks fell through after the Mets refused to part ways with Nimmo. But that hasn't shaken the former first round pick.
Despite his name swirling around the rumor mill, Nimmo is insistent that he wants to stay in Queens.
“I want to be a New York Met," Nimmo told Orange and Blue Thing’s Darren Meenan and Brian Erni matter-of-factly this past Saturday at the Queens Baseball Convention. “I haven’t known anything different than the New York Mets. I really turned into a man in the New York Mets organization.”
Nimmo was the Mets' first round selection (13th overall) in the 2011 MLB Draft.
With the recovering Michael Conforto likely out until at least May 1st, Nimmo will likely see some early-season playing time, and he expressed how excited he was to be with the team in 2018:
“I would love to stick around with the Mets. I think we have a great team here.”
The left-handed batter slashed a solid .281/.404/.474 against righties in 2017, and overall, posted a .379 OBP in 215 plate appearances.
To catch the full interview where Nimmo discusses his role on the 2018 team, his upbringing in Wyoming, his approach at the plate, and more, tune in to Orange and Blue Thing live this Thursday at 6:00 PM at facebook.com/the7line, or watch any time on demand after the episode airs at orangeandbluething.com