New York Mets fans are ecstatic about the 2021 roster and many will say it’s the most excited they’ve been since the Mets’ amazing run of 2015. After eight straight seasons without making the playoffs, the Mets finally broke through in a big way in 2015. They claimed their first division title since 2006 and just their sixth in franchise history.
The Mets won a tight battle in the division series against the heavily favored Dodgers in five games. This momentum would carry the Amazins to a four-game sweep over the Chicago Cubs. In doing so, they became just the third team to sweep the National League Championship Series since the League Championship Series implemented a best-of-seven format in 1985.
The Mets only have four members of their 2015 World Series team that are currently on their 40-man roster for this upcoming season.
The Mets had just claimed their fifth pennant in franchise history and everything seemed to be going their way, yet the result of the World Series left Mets fans in disarray. We now take a look to see where the 25 members of the 2015 World Series roster are now after losing the series in five games to the Kansas City Royals.
Both Catchers from the roster have found success outside of Queens
Although Travis d’Arnaud was only able to play in 67 regular-season games, he had his best season with the Mets in 2015. d’Arnaud started all five World Series games and accounted for the only Mets double in the entire series. Soon into the 2018 season, he needed Tommy John surgery and missed the rest of the season. d’Arnaud was released by the Mets in early May of 2019, where he was picked up by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Only five days later was he acquired by the Tampa Bay Rays, where he thrived in the 92 games with them. His successful stint in Tampa Bay led him back to the NL East, in which he signed a 2-year 16 million dollar contract with the Atlanta Braves. He is currently in the second year of his contract and will be a free agent at the end of the 2021 season.
Plawecki ended up starting 66 games during his rookie season in 2015 due to d’Arnaud missing time with a broken hand and played well enough to make the playoff roster for the Mets. Although Plawecki was on the playoff roster throughout all three postseason series, he never once made an appearance during the 2015 playoffs.
The 2012 first-round draft pick continued to struggle in the next three seasons with the Mets and ended up getting traded to the Cleveland Indians during the 2019 offseason. After 59 games with Cleveland in 2019, Plawecki signed a one-year deal with the Boston Red Sox. The change of scenery helped him very much as he played in 24 games and hit at a .341 clip during the shortened 60-game season. This earned him a 1.6 million dollar contract with the Red Sox for the 2021 season, which allowed him to avoid arbitration.