Now that the blockbuster deal is over with the New York Mets receiving Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz, we now have to look at what’s next if they want to contend in 2019.
There are many different moves New York Mets fans are screaming for to happen now after the trade with the Seattle Mariners. However, we need to start looking at realistic moves that could happen now.
With the acquisition of Robinson Cano at second base, it only makes sense to believe Jeff McNeil is moving to third base next year. Edwin Diaz, who was the MLB saves leader last year with 57 saves, now boasts the Mets bullpen but they can definitely go after another bullpen arm to solidify it.
Taking this into consideration, I believe there are three moves the Mets now need to make.
1) Sign Andrew Miller or David Robertson
Yes, Diaz is a huge upgrade for the bullpen but another solid arm would not hurt at all. Miller and Robertson are two names that should be jumping out to the Mets right now.
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Miller is a two-time All-Star who is coming off an injury-plagued 2018 campaign. Before that, though, since 2014 his ERA has been under a 2.00 except 2015 when it was just above at 2.04. Miller has been known lately as being a teams set up man which now after the Mets got there closer in Diaz is a perfect situation for the Amazin’s.
Robertson is entering his twelfth season in the majors and is coming in with a career ERA of 2.88. After bouncing back to the Yankees a couple years ago from Detroit, Robertson, at 33 years of age, is looking for a three-year deal and also to a team in the “Northeast.” The Red Sox reportedly are looking at him but might not want to give him the three years so this could be a bidding war between the two New York teams.
2) Sign A.J. Pollock
I believe during the trade with the Mariners that the Mets missed out on getting the M’s to include Mallex Smith in that deal so they might need to look into Pollock.
The current Mets starting outfield could include Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, and Juan Lagares. This is not something to be crazy about since Lagares doesn’t show the Gold Glove side of himself anymore like he used to after the injuries and is more of a perfect backup outfielder.
Conforto finished the season strong after a slow start last season. Adding a player like Pollock could help this outfield especially with Yoenis Cespedes expected to miss half a season.
Pollock is coming off a 21 home run, 65 RBI season with the Diamondbacks but batted just .257. He was an All-Star back in 2015 and adding him might not be the move to put them over the top. Nevertheless, he can help with this lineup with his on-base percentage which has never been lower than a .315.
3) Trade for J.T. Realmuto
We all know the Miami Marlins are asking for a sort of high return for the 2018 All-Star catcher. So what can the Mets possibly offer?
This could possibly be a move that the Mets would include prospect Andres Gimenez. I’m not saying this will happen but this is something the Mets got to look into.
Yes, some fans will complain about giving up another prospect but for a guy like Realmuto what is to complain about, especially since he is only 27 years old. It will fill a huge need a catcher and adds another solid bat to what was a bad lineup last season.
Hopefully, in this possible trade the Mets could throw in a guy like d’Arnaud and maybe that is why they decided to keep him around still.
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If the Mets can get at least two of these three moves done it definitely can help them contend in the NL East next season. BVW came in saying he wants to win now and you can see he is trying to be active this offseason in what is one of the best free agent classes we have seen in a while in the MLB.