Steve Cohen’s first offseason as the owner of his beloved New York Mets was a huge success. I have no reason to believe the Mets will be anything worse than a Wild Card team. While that may seem like a tall task for a team that went just 26-34 last year, it is not. This team is loaded.
The lineup 1-9 is complete. The Mets lead the league in batting and were third in OPS. They were an elite offense that added Francisco Lindor, James McCann, and a really good bench. They will score a lot of runs.
The pitching staff is much improved as well. Last season, it was Jacob deGrom and nothing else. Steven Matz was the Mets number two starter to begin the year and we all know how that ended up. Michael Wacha and Rick Porcello are gone. The Mets added a second third and fourth starter to their rotation. David Peterson, the Mets’ second-best starter last year, might not even make the rotation. That’s how much they improved.
The bullpen looks better as well. While Seth Lugo is hurt now, the Mets did sign Trevor May which was a huge addition to bolster their ‘pen. The additions of guys like Aaron Loup, Joey Lucchesi, and Jordan Yamamoto should help as well.
The Mets also will get Noah Syndergaard back in June which is a huge boost to an already much-improved rotation.
Bottom line, if you can trade for a guy as good as Francisco Lindor, the offseason is automatically a success.
To trade for him and not give up any top prospects to do it is an even bigger win.
Yes, the Mets didn’t sign Springer, Realmuto, LeMahieu, or Bauer, but Lindor is better than all four of those guys. Steve Cohen said he did not want to spend like a drunken sailor and stuck to his word.
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For offseason number one, it was a massive success. Let’s hope there are more of these to come.