4) NY Mets can decline the mutual option on Mychal Givens
We all only get one chance to make a first impression and Mychal Givens struggled enough early on in his time with the Mets that everyone is pretty much ready to say farewell. It would take an incredible stretch to finish off the year to sway any opinions.
Givens has a mutual option for next season which would have been a nice consideration to have if he was pitching better. But because he has struggled, the Mets do have an easy way out.
The Mets will need to completely reassess their bullpen next year with many guys hitting the open market. Building a bullpen with minor leaguers is challenging and far from ideal. There could be a couple of farmhands worthy of a spring tryout. More likely, we see the Mets look to find success in free agency and maybe even in a couple of trades.
In recent offseasons, the club has successfully added Adam Ottavino and Trevor May. Both of them could be options to return on short-term deals next season.
For sure, Givens is nobody’s favorite Mets player. Maybe some big postseason moments could change the way we feel. Based on what we’ve seen, would he even make it onto the playoff roster? Keep your fingers crossed for a more productive finale.
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