Right now, it is a battle between the Mets and the Padres for who wins the offseason. Of course the Padres of all teams should know that if you win the offseason, it does not mean they win on the field. The Mets have been the talk of the offseason ever since Steve Cohen took over. They have made some medium level moves such as Trevor May and James McCann, and made the splash of the offseason when they acquired Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco last week. Jared Porter said the Mets are very happy with the moves they have made but they are still hungry for more. What other moves are out there for the Mets to make?
The flashy move left is to sign George Springer. Springer’s market is slowly developing and it has been reported that they’re are two main teams in contention for his services; the Mets and the Blue Jays. Assuming the Mets and Lindor come to an agreement on an extension, it would be hard to fit Springer’s salary into the budget. However, that does not mean it is impossible.
Sandy Alderson on George Springer:
"Given the level of excitement, enthusiasm surrounding the Mets, I don't think we've been crossed off his list. … I would say that we're still engaged, in a loose sense, with Springer."
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The Mets and Springer have been in contact for a long time now. Springer seems to want a $175 million deal, but I am not sure he will be getting that much money. He can play centerfield now but will likely be moving to a corner in a few seasons. He would make an immediate impact for whatever team he signs for.
With Liam Hendricks signing with the White Sox, Brad Hand is one of the best relievers left on the market. When the Indians put him on waivers a couple of months ago, the Mets most likely would have claimed him if the Cohen sale was made official. However, Cohen did not have control of the team yet and Hand cleared waivers and became a free agent. The Mets have done well in suring up their bullpen the past couple seasons with Dellin Betances and Trevor May, but you can never have enough pitching. Hand would make an excellent addition and in combination with Edwin Diaz and Seth Lugo, good luck getting anything going against that bullpen.
Jackie Bradley Jr.
Our friends up here in Boston are very familiar with JBJ. If the Mets decide to move away from Springer, JBJ would be the first person I would pivot to. He plays an excellent center field and can carry the bat pretty well. The last time the Mets had a defensive center fielder like JBJ was 2014 Juan Lagares when he won a Gold Glove. Brandon Nimmo is a good outfielder, but he is much better suited for a corner spot than the middle.
Starting Pitching Depth
The Mets added a big piece to their rotation when they acquired Carlos Carrasco. However, once you get passed the third spot in the rotation, a couple of question marks appear. David Peterson had an excellent rookie season, but can he carry that success into year 2? Also, Steven Matz has never truly lived up to the hype after having an excellent rookie campaign back in 2015. A couple of names I have seen tossed around include former Yankee and Mariner James Paxton, and former Indian and Ranger Corey Kluber. Either one of these two would make an excellent addition to the back end of the Mets rotation as they buy time until Noah Syndergaard is ready to return around the halfway mark of the season.
The Mets have been very busy this offseason and it does not look like they are ready to slow down anytime soon. There are still a plethora of moves that they can make that catapult them into the same conversation as the Dodgers. Look for them to be extremely active on the free agent market as spring training is fast approaching. Whether they sign Springer or JBJ, Kluber or Paxton, or Brad Hand, this has been an amazing offseason and spring training cannot get her quick enough.
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