Change in Queens: An Ideal Offseason for the New York Mets

The New York Mets have been under the reign of Fred and Jeff Wilpon since 2022. Since that year, which was 18 years ago, the Mets have only made the postseason three times. They made it there in 2006, 2015, and the 2016 seasons. While the Mets have been under the Wilpons, they have had multiple General Managers, such as Terry Collins, Mickey Callaway, and now Luis Rojas.

In the 2019 offseason, the Mets brought in star closer Edwin Diaz and veteran 2nd baseman Robinson Cano from the Seattle Mariners. Even though they had very high expectations coming into the season, both of them were massive disappointments.

Now under the reign of billionaire Steve Cohen, the Mets should have a great chance to bring in some elite MLB stars to fill positions of need. New York doesn’t have a reliable catcher or number two starting pitcher. They will look to solve those problems this offseason and attempt to become a contender.

Grab a #2 starter in the rotation

Four to five years ago, the New York Mets had a dominant rotation. Jacob Degrom, Zach Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard, and Matt Harvey were all pitching at high levels. Since then, however, the starting 5 has been plagued by injuries and has not been the same. Zach Wheeler left for the Phillies, Matt Harvey fell off, and Syndergaard had Tommy John Surgery.

In 2020, the Mets brought in two veteran pitchers in Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha. During the 2020 season, both of them were very inconsistent and couldn’t sustain the Number 2 starting role behind Jacob Degrom. The 2021 Free Agency is headlined by NL CY Young favorite Trevor Bauer. Bauer, 30, was a huge part of the Reds dynamic 2020 starting pitching core, who help the Mets a ton. New York should also look to re-sign Marcus Stroman, who pitched for them in 2019 despite opting-out of 2020. Trevor Bauer was phenomenal in 2020, posting a 1.73 ERA even in a shortened 60-game season. Bauer’s record as a starter was only 5-4 but that was mostly due to a very inconsistent Reds offense.

Sign a 2-way catcher

This team has been in need of a franchise catcher behind the plate ever since Hall of Famer Mike Piazza departed. From the years 2013-2016, Travis d’Arnaud was emerging as a very solid player behind the plate. However, due to poor play and a multitude of injuries, he was released in early 2019.

A year prior, the Mets signed catcher Wilson Ramos. While Ramos had been solid in past years, he is aging and his play has been regressing. Though he was underrated in terms of hitting a season ago, his play behind the plate was bad.  Additionally, his batting average went down significantly in 2020, from .288 to .239. Arguably the best player in the 2021 Free Agent class, catcher J.T. Realmuto should be among the Mets’ top targets, and I think they will sign him.

The Mets would have a huge upgrade at the position, and the former Marlin and Philly would love to play under Steve Cohen. This past season, Realmuto posted a .266 batting average and has a career average of .278, which is very good for a catcher.

Final Analysis

Even though the New York Mets has been pretty disappointing since their last playoff appearance in 2016, the future is very bright. Steve Cohen should bring what the Wilpon’s did not to Queens, stability, and leadership. Young stars such as Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, and Michael Conforto should continue their success in 2021. C0hen should look to resign Conforto, who has always been an underrated part of the Mets team.

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