It looks like the Mets will be starting their 2018 the way their 2017 ended. With injury news!
According to Anthony DiComo, it looks like Michael Conforto isn’t expected to be healthy for Opening Day.
However, fear not, it looks like he shouldn’t be sidelined for too long. NBC Sports is reporting that we should see him just several days later. It’s going to be tough to start the season without Conforto in that lineup. Along with Cespedes, he’s one of the few heavy hitters the Mets still have. With Duda, Grandy, and Walker likely not to return, the Mets are going to need that one-two punch from the middle of their lineup. (*cough* Mike Moustakas would be great there too *cough*)
There’s no doubt this probably has some Mets fans fuming, especially after we just watched Giancarlo Stanton pack his bags for the Bronx. And much to no one’s amusement, Sandy Alderson joked that we had Brandon Nimmo in right, so there was no need to trade for Stanton.
This is a tough pill to swallow just as things kick off for the Winter Meetings. So what does this mean going forward? It means Alderson can keep making jokes when he starts making good moves. Mets fans won’t be ready to laugh until we land some decent players in trades or free agent signings.
I’m not saying the Mets should panic and buy some unneeded outfielder because of the Stanton trade. But if Alderson fails to bring a big signing to Queens this week, there’s not much to get excited about come spring.
If they want to bring back Bruce, I would maybe be open to that idea as a good signing. But truthfully, the Mets just can’t keep resigning old players and expect different results. They need a shakeup in the clubhouse, they need to be realistic about their pitching staff and what that rotation can handle. And most of all, they need to start spending like a team that plays for New York.