What grades do the free agent signings the New York Mets have made thus far deserve?
The New York Mets have had a busy offseason thus far. From the moves they’ve already made, it’s time to hand out some grades.
With Sandy Alderson out and Brodie Van Wagenen in, the new front office is looking to make a statement this offseason after a disappointing 77-85 regular season. While the names of the players may not show it, the Mets have actually been one of the more active teams this offseason when it comes to free agency. They haven’t let this slow winter hold them back from adding talent.
While there may be other trades happening across baseball, the offseason is still young and the big fish are still in the sea. Once these players sign (Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Craig Kimbrel), all the dominos will start to fall and the market will take shape.
The offseason isn’t done yet, but I would still like to take a look at what the Metropolitans have done thus far. These grades only reflect free agent signings, which means that any trades (the Robinson Cano–Edwin Diaz blockbuster) and Rule 5 Draft selections will not be included.
There are many factors that will be taken into account such as 2018 performance, previous track record, injury history, age, contract value, and value to the Mets in 2019 and beyond.