The World Series has ended, and the 2019 baseball season has come to a close. Now it is time to start working toward making the 2020 season end with a championship.
The New York Mets had a successful season in 2019 despite not making the playoffs. They won 86 games which is nine more games than they won in 2018. However, this offseason, if done right, could vault them to another level and be serious World Series contenders.
This is a pivotal offseason since the Washington Nationals have now won a championship. The pressure is now put on the Mets to spend the necessary money and make the right moves that will make them competitive enough to challenge for a World Series.
The Mets are losing some key free agents and some free agents around baseball could help the Mets achieve their goal. However, as it stands right now, without making any signings or trades the Mets will have very little room to work with unless they cross the luxury tax threshold.
As it currently stands, the Mets have approximately $187.8M committed to the luxury tax threshold after the projected arbitration money is added which amounts to $48.0M. This leaves them only about $20M to spend before the Mets hit the $208M luxury tax limit.
The New York Mets have never crossed the luxury tax threshold. This means that if they did, and they should, it would be a first-time offense and the tax would be 20% on the amount over the limit.
The following is the offseason plan that I believe the Mets should do implement to improve their team. This includes some free agent signings, some trades, some extensions, and yes going over the luxury tax threshold. Without going over it will be nearly impossible to make this team a World Series contender, so the Mets need to step up to the plate, act like the big market team they are and make some waves across baseball.