Mets fans should be happy but still hungry for more this winter
By Tim Boyle
The New York Mets are pleasing fans this winter with what they are doing, but still have a lot more to do before fully satisfying our hunger.
The 2020-2021 offseason hasn’t been as thrilling as some New York Mets fans expected it to be by this point. While we’re not far behind where recent offseasons have tracked, it still feels as if things are not moving as expected.
So far, the team has made two big additions to the roster. Relief pitcher Trevor May and catcher James McCann both signed deals with the club. Each addition pleased fans hoping to get more from the bullpen and from behind the plate in 2021.
However, neither is a superstar-caliber player. May is a good reliever but not someone we should expect to turn the franchise into a contender. He’s a solid piece for sure. It’s just not the big flex fans were expecting to see by this point.
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The same can be said about McCann. Easily the second-best catcher available in free agency, the Mets win with the move. Still, it’s not the end of what this club needs to do over the winter.
The two remaining pieces the Mets have to make a hard push to acquire are free agents Trevor Bauer and George Springer. If adding them is all the front office does before Opening Day—aside from maybe a few minor league signings—I think this winter is a success.
The Mets were in a rare position this winter to not only have the cash to buy some of the best players but to also have free agents at positions of need. May and McCann were obvious fits for the team. The same is true for Bauer and Springer.
Last winter, there was a feeling of dissatisfaction heading toward Opening Day. Optimistic fans may have convinced themselves the club wasn’t far off from contending based on how well they finished the 2019 season. Unfortunately, the team was far from contending last year.
The Mets have undoubtedly improved upon the signings they made last winter when they tried to convince us that Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha were good bounce-back candidates. One move they did make that many agreed with, the signing of Dellin Betances, didn’t work out as planned. As such, the team didn’t do a single thing between 2019 and 2020 to actually get better.
Already, the Mets have had more success this winter than they did last offseason when all they did was try to fit some square pegs into trapezoidal holes. The organization appears focused on adding the right players based on scouting and analytics. In the past two offseasons, there seemed to be a preference for bringing in some old friends of Brodie Van Wagenen.
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Mets fans should and can feel happy about where the club is at this point in the offseason. Happiness is one thing. Satisfaction is yet another. And if you’re satisfied with all they have done so far, it’s time to remember who the owner is.