New York Mets give us three big reasons to be thankful on Thanksgiving
By Jose Rivera
Reason 3: They are not rebuilding!
The Mets had to hire a new general manager as the 2018 season came to a close and made an interesting choice in hiring former agent Brodie Van Wagenen.
One thing that Van Wagenen made clear was that he thought the team could win now and would definitely be looking to add to this team rather than subtract.
It would be very easy for a new GM to come in and say let’s rebuild this thing. Although the Mets do have some questions when it comes to long-term success, they do have somewhat of a win-now window. Lots of other teams who were in playoff contentions have already moved on.
For the past couple of years, the Seattle Mariners have been on the brink of making the playoffs and just kept falling short. Rumors were this year it appears Seattle is heading towards a rebuild and traded their best pitcher James Paxton to the New York Yankees.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are another team that was in it to win by signing Zack Greinke to a big contract years ago, but now seem to be listening to offers for their players including their face of the franchise Paul Goldschmidt. It is very hard to be a contender from year to year in baseball. It seems like someone new is always making the playoffs or is battling for contention.
But the Mets always seem to keep trying year after year. After a sloppy season like 2018 it wouldn’t be the worst idea for the Mets to trade away some pieces and stock up the farm system, but with a division that could be winnable, the Mets are deciding to strike.
New York does have some flexibility this year, but we never really know how much payroll our GM’s have to work with until moves have to be made.
Arguably the top priority on the to-do list this offseason should be signing deGrom to a contract extension, but fans wouldn’t be upset either if the Mets went out and made a splash by signing Manny Machado or Bryce Harper (don’t get your hopes up).
What moves the Mets make remains to be seen, but it seems like they have plans to be relevant in 2019.
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As fans, that’s all we can really ask for as we move on into the new season.