I don’t know the words to say to phrase this correctly and simply. Blame the New Jersey public education system. We’re nearing election season and plenty of other people already are. Fortunately, I have enough space to describe what I mean when I say the phrase maximum capacity blockbuster winter. I know this sounds like a Michael Bay film school technique. But I swear, it has a lot to do with the New York Mets.
The offseason is here for this club and it’s the second without any gripes toward the Wilpons holding them back. Expectations, I feel, are even higher than they were last winter. And here, I’d like to set those expectations.
I’m not going to be reasonable. I’m not going to lower the bar. This is the absolute highest of expectations the Mets should have for themselves this winter.
The Mets need to sign a star position player
The Mets offense was so pitiful last year that they can’t let another offseason pass them by without signing at least one star position player. I think those stars include only a small number of players. One of them isn’t Michael Conforto—although he is welcome to come back, too.
Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, any of the shortstops (as much as I would prefer them to go in a different direction), or any other true star in baseball with MVP potential needs to open the 2022 season on the Mets roster.
There’s no excuse. The Mets are bound to lose a lot of players this winter. They need to reload and with a full metal jacket in the chamber.
The offseason is a failure if the club only adds smaller pieces around what they already have. This isn’t the time to hope someone has a breakout year. Now is the opportunity to acquire someone you can lean on for many years.