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Mets: Putting a bow on the first offseason under Steve Cohen

Mar 29, 2021; Jupiter, Florida, USA; New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) rounds third base to score a run in the 1st inning of the spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 29, 2021; Jupiter, Florida, USA; New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) rounds third base to score a run in the 1st inning of the spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
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Feb 24, 2021; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets shortstop Jonathan Villar (1) takes batting practice during spring training workouts at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Getting to know the new members of the Mets

Jonathan Villar is still playing? Is it Albert Almora or Alberto Almora? Joey Lu-what?

I was surprised by a lot of what the Mets did this winter. The Francisco Lindor trade didn’t blow me away because the possibility of landing him felt real early on. Still, it was fun to finally have a reason to check out exactly what he has done in his major league career.

The Mets gave us a lot of new names and faces—the two are usually mutually exclusive with very few exceptions. The roster looks much different than it did one year ago. The transactions made this winter, while not all will be home runs, cranked up the excitement level to 11.

The team didn’t just “ran it back” which was great to see. There are times when that can work. Finishing in a tie for last-place in your division is not one of them.

Along with the new players on the major league roster, the Mets have retooled farm system. They didn’t trade away anyone of major significance from their top prospects list. Instead, they added.

Khalil Lee might not be the next superstar outfielder in the majors. He is, however, already a top ten prospect within the organization.

The Mets didn’t spend wildly or gut the farm system to get better. Quite frankly, they couldn’t have done things much better while staying within reason.

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Not a single move made this winter by the Mets came off as questionable. Fans understand the purpose of each one. It’s hard to not be excited for what lies ahead in 2021.

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