Mets offseason action feels slower than it actually has been
By Tim Boyle
The New York Mets have yet to make any big moves this offseason. While it feels like this winter is moving slowly, it’s actually going at a normal pace.
We made it! We’ve reached December, the final month of 2020. The New York Mets have yet to entirely retool their infield, outfield, and starting rotation as the most optimistic among us believed they would have by now. When Steve Cohen officially took over as owner, it felt as if the team was only days away from making a big splash. With all of those billions, he could offer any player anything their heart desired.
Cohen came into Major League Baseball as a genie. Our wish was his command.
This hasn’t been the case. Cohen and company have moved along at what feels like a snail’s pace. In actuality, the Mets are right on track with previous recent seasons to do everything they need to.
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November isn’t the month when much happens with the MLB Hot Stove. Despite free agency being wide open, it’s generally not the time when big names sign or blockbuster trades occur.
This was especially true two years ago when it took until after spring training for Bryce Harper to sign. Because of the draft pick attached to players who turned down a qualifying offer, free agents Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel had to wait months into the season to accept a deal.
Those rules have changed, but this offseason may still go at a tortoise’s pace. A lot of franchises lost money from the lack of fans in the seats. While the Mets aren’t hurting for money right now, their progress in adding talent may possibly be delayed.
However, I’m not about to declare this offseason as a slow-moving one. Based on what the Mets have done over the last decade, they’re right where they should be.
Easily the biggest transaction the team made in the last ten seasons was the free agent signing of Michael Cuddyer after the 2014 campaign. If you look through the logs, the team hasn’t done much else other than a few minor moves.
Baseball’s offseason wasn’t always this slow in providing us with action. The Mets have made plenty of November trades in the past. Somewhere along the way, the league slowed down and waited until a month after the World Series ended to get truly exciting.
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The turning of the calendar to December should get fans more excited. The team should soon have a general manager. When they do, action should pick up and the dream of a super squad in Flushing can then become a little more real.