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Mets 2018-2019 Offseason: A second chance to get things right

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 20: New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen answers questions during a press conference before the game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on May 20, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 20: New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen answers questions during a press conference before the game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on May 20, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 30: New York Mets COO Jeff Wilpon 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 biggest mistakes made by the New York Mets began with a poor offseason by first-year general manager Brodie Van Wagenen. Let’s revisit what went wrong and how it could have gone right.

Despite lofty expectations to begin the season, the New York Mets are fighting for a winning record. While they are very much in the four-team race to the top, the National League East division has been all Phillies and Braves early on, with the Mets and Nationals fluctuating around .500 for most of the season.

Brodie Van Wagenen has made a number of acquisitions to shake up the roster this past offseason. If given the opportunity to go back, what should he have done differently?

It should be noted that the acquisitions listed below only reflect the 2018-19 offseason and to not show roster moves made after opening day (aside from the player’s current status).

First, let’s review the moves made by first-year GM Brodie Van Wagenen

Additions:

25 Man Roster

RHP Edwin Díaz, Trade

RHP Jeurys Familia, Free Agent

C Wilson Ramos, Free Agent

SS Adeiny Hechavarria, Free Agent

OF Carlos Gomez, Free Agent

IF/OF J.D Davis, Trade

Injured List

INF Jed Lowrie, Free Agent

LHP Luis Avilan, Free Agent

LHP Justin Wilson, Free Agent

2B Robinson Canó, Trade

40 Man

RHP Walker Lockett, Trade

LHP Hector Santiago, Free Agent

INF Danny Espinosa, Free Agent

OF Rajai Davis, Free Agent

LHP Ryan O’Rourke, Free Agent

Non-40 Man

C Rene Rivera, Free Agent

C Devin Mesoraco, Free Agent

OF Gregor Blanco, Free Agent

RHP Arquimedes Caminero Free Agent

OF Rymer Liriano Free Agent

INF Sam Haggerty, Trade

No Longer in Organization

RHP Kyle Dowdy, Rule 5

OF Keon Broxton, Free Agent

Subtractions:

3B David Wright, Retired

IF Jose Reyes, Free Agent

OF Austin Jackson, Free Agent

LHP A.J. Ramos, Free Agent

RHP Jerry Blevins, Free Agent

C Jose Lobaton, Free Agent

IF Wilmer Flores, Free Agent

OF Jay Bruce, Traded

OF Jarred Kelenic, Traded

RHP Anthony Swarzak, Traded

RHP Gerson Bautista, Traded

RHP. Justin Dunn, Traded

3B T.J. Rivera, Released

RHP Rafael Montero, Outrighted/Free Agent

INF Phillip Evans, Outrighted/Free Agent

RHP Jamie Callahan, Outrighted/Free Agent

SS Jack Reinheimer, Waivers

RHP Jenrry Mejia, Released

C Kevin Plawecki, Traded

SS Luis Santana, Traded

OF Ross Adolph, Traded

C Scott Manea, Traded

How have the new acquisitions panned out for Van Wagenen so far?

C Wilson Ramos: 69 GP, 1.1 WAR

2B Robinson Canó: 54 GP, -0.8 WAR

RHP Jeurys Familia: 29 GP, -1.0 WAR

RHP Edwin Díaz: 31 GP, 0.5 WAR

SS Adeiny Hechavarria: 36 GP, 0.2 WAR

IF/OF J.D. Davis: 66 GP, 0.0 WAR

OF Carlos Gomez: 31 GP, -0.4 WAR

LHP Luis Avilan: 11 GP, -0.3 WAR

LHP Justin Wilson 10 GP, 0.0 WAR

LHP Hector Santiago 8 GP,-0.1 WAR

LHP Ryan O’Rourke 2 GP, 0.1 WAR

RHP Walker Lockett 1 GP -0.3 WAR

*INF Jed Lowrie

*INF Danny Espinosa

*(Has not played)

After reviewing all moves made by Van Wagenen this offseason, which moves should have been made?

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