Mets President Sandy Alderson and new Mets GM billy Eppler have a ton of work to do this offseason
The New York Mets have quite a few needs on the roster, both on the macro and micro. In a basic sense, the Mets could use two starting pitchers, two outfielders, a third baseman, and another relief arm. As a result, the Mets should be talking to just about every big-name free agent this offseason.
However, not everyone is a fit for the Mets. New York must shop at the top of the market.
New York could use two “good” starters., maybe even three now that Noah Syndergaard departed for the Anaheim Angels earlier in the week. The starting rotation could use a legitimate top starter, like Colorado’s Jon Gray to offer a bit more consistency behind deGrom.
The same goes for the outfield. Brandon Nimmo’s fate, whether that be in centerfield or left field gives New York one. After that? Khalil Lee performed well in Triple-A Syracuse (stats) but isn’t ready to hold down a starting job. That means, Marte makes sense if the Mets want to move Nimmo into a corner, but also, who replaces Michael Conforto in right? Avisail Garcia? Nick Castellanos? Tommy Pham?
Carlos Correa fits in two places: Third base and a big bat.
Correa is an elite defensive shortstop with the size, hands, and arm to maintain that skill as he moves over to third. We’ve seen players like Hanley Ramirez and Alex Rodriguez move over with no issues at all, I don’t envision many issues for Correa in a potential move.
The bat is important. New York needs another bat to help Pete Alonso in the middle of the order. Adding Correa and slotting him in third in the order would do wonders for Alonso’s offense, as teams would have to worry about Nimmo (a classic leadoff man), Lindor, and Correa before getting to him. In terms of changing the offense, that would be huge for New York.
New York’s offseason will have ancillary players added, but if the Mets want to take a considerable step forward, adding big-name players, Correa included, would help them reemerge as a contender in the National League East.