1 Mets offseason move barely makes it on MLB Insider's list of the 20 best of the offseason

The one they chose isn't actually the best.
May 13, 2024; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets pitcher Sean Manaea (59) delivers a pitch
May 13, 2024; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets pitcher Sean Manaea (59) delivers a pitch / Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets were active in the offseason, if for no other reason than they had a roster in need of warm bodies. Jon Heyman of the NY Post put together an early list of the top 20 moves of the offseason. Only one Mets addition made it in.

Way down at number 19 of 20, the signing of Sean Manaea was named one of the best offseason moves.

Of course, this isn’t actually the best move of the Mets offseason

As Mets prospect expert and self-proclaimed hugger of those prospects Ernest Dove noted, it’s not actually the best move the Mets made in the offseason. Abstinence is where they excelled most. It was their choice to abstain from letting Reed Garrett loose that is the best decision of all.

Dove’s spin on Heyman’s angle puts a whole new twist on the list. Surely, plenty of other teams made smart decisions. In reference to “moves,” we need to also consider things such as non-tendering a contract to Daniel Vogelbach. But alas, Heyman’s list is more about free agent signings and trades than those smaller decisions.

Manaea’s placement is well deserved yet maybe not as good of an addition to the Mets roster as Luis Severino. Severino has a better ERA by 5 points, more innings pitched, and has bested Manaea in walks per 9 and hits per 9. We can probably call it a draw between the two as each has had their ups and downs already this season.

It’s only a matter of time before Heyman puts together a list of the worst offseason moves. Which would be tops for the Mets there?

None of the new additions to the Mets roster have been all that burdensome. Even a guy like Joey Wendle, for as bad as it turned out, was easily disposed of. Adrian Houser? That was a great trade even if all the Mets got in return was Tyrone Taylor. The Mets’ biggest problem right now isn’t who they added but who came back and how little they’ve offered. In particular, it’s their offense.

By year’s end, if the Mets manage to compete, will Manaea still be the best offseason addition? J.D. Martinez might have something to say about it.