The New York Mets made a lot of changes this offseason. Four, in particular, stand out as reasons why this team is suffering.
When our favorite teams struggle, we like to point the finger. We like to use hindsight against those decision-makers. The New York Mets are a perfect candidate to do this with because they made plenty of offseason flubs to complain about.
In fact, are there any offseason moves the Mets made that are worthy of high praise?
They didn’t bring in anyone new who has won over the fans on a consistent basis. Looking back, the Mets front office spent a lot of the offseason making unnecessary moves or doing nothing at all. In other cases, they guessed wrong.
I’m guessing as the season moves along we will better know which decisions are the most hurtful. In the meantime, these are the four that stand out most.
Not adding a catcher
The one position the Mets needed more than anything else was at the catcher spot. Instead of signing Jonathan Lucroy, making a trade for Wilson Ramos, or doing anything at all we were fed the idea of Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki platooning.
How’s that working out?
d’Arnaud will probably never play for the Mets again after Tommy John Surgery. Plawecki has missed significant time this year but should return in the next few weeks to give them something. Anything at all.
d’Arnaud has proven many times that health is not a strong suit. My opinion on Plawecki is still up in the air as he is a backup catcher. Soon, however, he becomes the starter.
It hurts to see Lucroy settle for $6.5 million on a one-year deal. The Mets could have had him for this and the team would have been better as a whole.