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Mar 1, 2021; Jupiter, Florida, USA; New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) returns to the dugout against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 1, 2021; Jupiter, Florida, USA; New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) returns to the dugout against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
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Mar 16, 2021; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets left fielder Dominic Smith (2) celebrates with shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) after hitting a three-run homerun in the 3rd inning of the spring training game against the Houston Astros at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 16, 2021; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets left fielder Dominic Smith (2) celebrates with shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) after hitting a three-run homerun in the 3rd inning of the spring training game against the Houston Astros at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets are all in. That is something I have not seen in all of my years being a die-hard Mets fan. The Wilpons are out and Steve Cohen is now running the show as the owner of the franchise. We have gone from penny-pinching to having the richest owner in all of baseball by far.

In Cohen’s first offseason in charge, there were a lot of holes he and new Mets president Sandy Alderson had to fill. The main ones in my eyes were center field, catcher, and pitching. If the Mets filled these holes and added some quality depth, I would really like their chances in this loaded division.

Luckily, the Mets had a great offseason including a potentially franchise-altering trade.

I believe the Mets come into the 2021 season with a really solid team. The pitching is improved, the lineup is extremely formidable, there’s more depth than ever before, and even the bullpen is coming along.

The expectation was that the Mets would sign one or two of the top-tier free agents. This list included Trevor Bauer, D.J. LeMahieu, George Springer, and J.T. Realmuto. The Mets went hard after Springer and Bauer but didn’t land either one. To be honest, not landing Bauer might’ve been a blessing in disguise.

And even while the Mets didn’t land a major free agent, the fact that they were in talks with them was a major step up. The old Mets would never even schedule a meeting with a top-tier free agent.

While they didn’t land a major free agent, they showed a willingness to spend. The Mets reportedly offered more money than the opposition for guys like Bauer and Brad Hand and offered well over $100 million dollars for George Springer. The Mets showed they’re willing to spend on the pieces they believe will make a big difference, and that is so encouraging to see.

This offseason was easily the most exciting one since I’ve been a fan, so let’s get to grading the moves they made.

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