Escobar and the Mets are in agreement on a two-year deal worth $20 million, reports SNY’s Andy Martino. The proposed contract also has a third-year club option.
The agreement is pending a physical.
Escobar split his 2021 season between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Milwaukee Brewers. The 32-year-old hit .253 with 28 home runs and 90 RBI. However, where Escobar would give the Mets value is in his defensive versatility. In 2021, Escobar played at least one game at first, second, third and shortstop.
Villar is currently an unrestricted free agent and Davis is due $2.5 million next year before he enters his third year of arbitration.
But where does Escobar’s signing leave the Mets and Javier Baez? This deal reportedly won’t preclude the Mets from attempting to re-sign him.
Baez is currently an unrestricted free agent and Martinez reports the market for him is intensifying, but the Mets are still in the running to sign him.