Ethier will be 32 and is owed 71 mil over 4 years(this is including the 2.5 mil buyout in 2018). He will be a perrineal .330+ OBP/.410+ SLG RF who can excel in LF.
He's not a big bopper, but put him in the 2 hole, and we added a quality OF. He's owed 71 million over
What Ethier will cost: Mets offer to eat all of his contract and a mediocre prospect
On the flip side, you have Braun. Braun will be 31 next year, he has posted a
8%+ BB rate; sub- 22% K rate, and a .330+ BABIP in each of his last 4 seasons, so his performance isn't PED's. The downside to Braun is his contract, as he's owed 117 mil over 7 years(including a 4mil buyout in 2021). Despite the contract, the Mets would be netting an AS bat at LF.
What Braun will cost: Ike Davis or low level prospect, if the Brewers eat 10 - 20 mil of Braun's remaining 117 million salary.
I'd personally acquire both; sign Aroyo for 2 years/30 million and Peralta 2 years/24 million, and give this team a legit 2 - 3 window to compete for the WS.
Arroyo; Niese, Gee, Wheeler, Mejia
If the pitching performs as advertised, that's a 92 win team, and a 82 win team at worst.