3 potential landing spots for Matt Chapman

Aug 28, 2021; Oakland, California, USA; Oakland Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman (26) fields a ground ball during the fifth inning against the New York Yankees at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 28, 2021; Oakland, California, USA; Oakland Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman (26) fields a ground ball during the fifth inning against the New York Yankees at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oakland A's third baseman Matt Chapman
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Matt Chapman had an interesting 2021 campaign. On one hand, the Oakland A’s third baseman showed that his hip was healthy. He won a Gold Glove as his defense was as brilliant as before, hit 27 homers, and drew 80 walks in 622 plate appearances. However, he struck out 202 times, leading to a career worst 100 OPS+.

That profile still has value around the league. Chapman’s glove is unquestioned, as he may be the best defensive third baseman this side of Nolan Arenado. His power would be an asset for any team looking for a middle of the order bat. If he can start making contact at his previous rates, Chapman could be a solid buy-low candidate.

Three landing spots for Matt Chapman

Normally, that would mean that the A’s would not trade him. However, they are looking to slash payroll by a considerable amount, and Chapman is projected to earn $9.5 million in arbitration. He also still has value now, which may not be the case if he struggles to make contact again next year.

Chances are, the Oakland A’s are going to trade Matt Chapman this offseason. Let’s look at three possible landing spots for the third baseman.

New York Mets

The New York Mets are expected to inquire on just about any third baseman that is available this offseason. They should certainly be picking up the phones on Matt Chapman.

Adding Chapman would potentially give the Mets an elite infield defense. They are also looking to bring Javier Baez back, another excellent defensive presence, to man second base. Chapman, Baez, and Francisco Lindor would certainly make the lives easier for the Mets’ pitching staff.

Chapman would also add a badly needed power threat to the lineup. Only two players hit at least 20 homers for the Mets in 2021, with Lindor landing at exactly 20 home runs. While he may not be the player he was from 2017 through 2019, Chapman’s power bat would be a great fit in the middle of the lineup.

He would also be a relative bargain when it comes to price. While salary is not a sticking point when it comes to Mets’ ownership, Chapman would cost less than any potential acquisition in free agency. The Mets would also have two years to attempt to convince him to sign a long term deal, making him more than just a short term option.

The New York Mets are in need of a third baseman. If Matt Chapman is available, it would not be a surprise if they picked up the phone.

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