1) Best-case scenario: The Mets are good enough to buy at the trade deadline with smart, short-term additions
Normally, just being “good enough” isn’t good enough. Well, those expectations are being altered. In MLB with so many more teams now playoff-eligible, getting in at all is as important as where you seed.
The past two seasons have featured the sixth seed in the NL winning the pennant. We’ll gladly take it. First, the Mets need to be good enough at the trade deadline to make some smart and short-term additions to the roster. Regardless of how they’re looking in 2024, they must avoid getting too wasteful with what they give up for a shot at a championship.
There are years where you should go full bore at the trade deadline and others where you need to check yourself. The 2024 campaign is one where the Mets shouldn’t sacrifice too much of the future. The risk of coming up short either in the regular season or in the first round of the playoffs is far too great. Don’t be the 2023 Miami Marlins.
Also, don’t be the 2022 New York Mets. They failed to do enough at the trade deadline. Seeing how David Stearns has operated thus far, we can rest assured he’s not going to do anything too crazy to disrupt his masterplan.