New York Mets: Three predictions for the month of January
By Tim Boyle
January signals a new year and three more predictions for the New York Mets to add to their roster.
New York Mets fans have made it through the anticipation in November, the thrill of December, and are now in the final “busy” month of the offseason with the arrival of January. It’s a brand new year and a chance for this front office to do some spectacular things.
Thus far, the Mets have jumped into the free agency water twice and made enough of a splash to soak the parents on the poolside chairs. Trevor May and James McCann, however, feel more like finishing touches. The club still needs more. A center fielder and at least one starting pitcher need to be on their radar.
This leaves them with a few more areas to address before Opening Day—whenever that may end up being. In January, as the club further bolsters its roster, this is what I’m predicting.
Mets sign George Springer
We didn’t get George Springer for Christmas, but we can enjoy him in January and beyond. This is the month it becomes official. Springer nods to the deal, turns his head and coughs to pass the physical, and finally puts pen to paper.
At one point during the offseason, it seemed that Springer became the biggest priority for the Mets. Despite having a capable body out there in Brandon Nimmo, the team seemed to make him their preference even over signing J.T. Realmuto or Trevor Bauer.
I think the reason for this is the number of options at the position. They already got the Realmuto backup plan with the addition of James McCann. They certainly have other directions they can go if Bauer signs elsewhere—more on him shortly.
While the Mets can certainly survive without Springer in the lineup, letting an available center fielder like him slip away to another squad might come back to haunt them pretty quickly.
Mark it down; the Mets are signing Springer this month. We can finally end the agony!