Don’t expect the New York Mets to make too many free agent signings, complete a number of trades, or call up an army of talented minor leaguers. The roster you see now is close to what you will get in 2019.
The New York Mets aren’t in danger of losing any major free agents this winter. They also don’t have any obvious trade candidate or guys booking a trip to retirement. This team is what it is.
Unfortunately, this means the 2019 team will look a whole lot like the 2018 squad.
There is a positive to this story. A healthy Mets team could produce far better results. If Yoenis Cespedes didn’t miss most of the year, this team would surely have a couple more wins. The same is true of Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier, Juan Lagares, and everyone else who missed significant time.
The problem with this is that it requires the word “if.” We need to see things go right for this ball club in order to get positive results. For two straight seasons, things have not gone well. Players have constantly gotten injured and several who did stay away from the disabled list didn’t even produce well enough.
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It’s definitely a disapointing feeling to know deep down in our hearts that the Mets probably won’t make any significant changes to the roster. They love kids like Michael Conforto too much to trade them. No one else is dumb enough to take on Jason Vargas or anyone else we’re sour on after 2018.
Something we can’t measure with statistics or even with our eye test is how the team chemistry looks. Sure, we can see how the players interact. We can even read deeply into player quotes or do other things to give us a better idea. None of these are 100% accurate or a good enough gauge of what ingredients make this team run.
After two years like this, it’s time to shake things up. The Mets did attempt to make significant changes over the winter following a brutal 2017.
Sadly, they only added to the misery with multiple failed free agent signings. This time around, I think the Mets need to make a trade.
The front office needs to remind these players they should not get comfortable. I think that’s a problem with the Mets. It’s a major reason why Matt Harvey continued to decline and others don’t seem to care about getting better. This is a complacent ball club and it’s time to get fresh blood onto the roster even if the trade doesn’t look like the best one immediately.
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Let’s stir the pot a little bit this winter. I want to see new faces and some position battles in the spring.