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New York Mets: Five moves they should make this offseason

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 04: Right fielder Nick Markakis #22 of the Atlanta Braves hits a single in the eighth inning during the game against the Boston Red Sox at SunTrust Park on September 4, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 04: Right fielder Nick Markakis #22 of the Atlanta Braves hits a single in the eighth inning during the game against the Boston Red Sox at SunTrust Park on September 4, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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The New York Mets have had an active offseason. However, a few more moves could help put this team over the top. Let’s examine where they could go.

New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen has certainly shown a knack for being innovative when it comes to acquiring personnel for the Mets this offseason. His willingness and determination to explore all avenues with which to further improve the organization certainly brought a renewed vigor and hope from Mets fans. Many were ready to give up on the ballclub after the last two seasons of futility.

I have been inspired to see what interesting moves this club can make to seriously contend for a Wild Card next season given the restrictions on the payroll.

Though neither the general manager nor the owners of the Mets have put any exact threshold limit on the amount of payroll salary they are looking to stay under, I will try to suggest some moves that keep the organization under $170 million in adjusted total since their Wilson Ramos signing.

First off, I would look at the free agent market as the most direct way to address the remaining needs of this ball club. Brodie Van Wagenen and the Wilpons have done a good job so far retooling the bullpen by adding a solid 8th inning set up man in Jeurys Familia and bringing in a dynamic closer in Edwin Diaz via trade.

The next most prudent move to finish off their relief core would be to add for a lefty-specialist to take over the role Jerry Blevins held for the last three years. I believe former Detroit Tiger and Chicago Cub pitcher Justin Wilson could fill that role.

Wilson has averaged over a strikeout an inning while pitching in relief for both Detroit and Chicago over the past two seasons with an average ERA of 3.43 during that time. His arsenal contains a mid-90’s fastball along with an effective changeup and a much-improved slider to boot.

However, he did slightly increase the number of hits and walks he gave up in 2018 from the previous season. The Mets should be able to land him on a two-year $13 million deal and still have some money left over to spend on other needs.

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