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Mets: Three missed opportunities from the 2018-2019 offseason

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 11: Jeff Wilpon COO of the New York Mets talks with manager Mickey Callaway #36 before a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on May 11, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 11: Jeff Wilpon COO of the New York Mets talks with manager Mickey Callaway #36 before a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on May 11, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 30: Mickey Callaway #36 of the New York Mets speaks to the media prior to a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on September 30, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)

The New York Mets made a lot of right moves this winter, capped off with the Jacob deGrom extension days before Opening Day. However, they still did miss a few opportunities.

Under the supervision of new General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen, this past off-season, the New York Mets have completely overhauled the entire roster from the previous year, and have been more active and more aggressive in their efforts to improve the team than at any time in recent memory.

Over the past several months leading up to the 2019 season, the Mets have parted ways with longtime players such as Wilmer Flores, Jerry Blevins, and Jay Bruce, while acquiring new talent to help bolster their major league roster in pursuit of a championship run.

Throughout the off-season, the Mets made a lot of high-profile moves, making a blockbuster trade early on in the off-season to acquire two All-Stars from the Seattle Mariners, second baseman Robinson Cano and closer Edwin Diaz.

They also brought back our former closer Jeurys Familia, who was traded the previous year to the Oakland Athletics, and southpaw Justin Wilson to help bolster the bullpen, as well as All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos and 2018 All-Star infielder Jed Lowrie to provide depth to the lineup.

Going into 2019, after all of these big acquisitions, the Mets look to have a much more dangerous team to start the year than they have in recent memory, including their 2015 World Series team.

Additionally, the Mets and 2018 Cy Young award winner Jacob deGrom recently agreed to an extension, ensuring he will remain with New York through the 2023 season.

With all of that said, this was not a perfect offseason, and many fans feel, myself included, that the Mets may have overpaid on acquiring some players, as well as missing out on opportunities to bring in a few others. These three missed chances stand out above the rest of the ones they could have accomplished during the winter.

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