The New York Mets are currently enjoying one of their best seasons in franchise history. They seem destined to at the very least make the playoffs for the first time in 2016 and are set to make a deep run with guys like Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer leading the way.
This offseason is going to be a big one for the Mets. There are plenty of players hitting the free agency market and some others looking for extensions as well.
Steve Cohen has shown a willingness to spend but isn't going to have a $1 billion dollar payroll as much as we can dream for it. This means there will be some tough decisions this offseason that Billy Eppler and the Mets have to make.
5) NY Mets toughest decisions they will need to make in the next 6 months: What happens with the bullpen?
The Mets bullpen has not been as disastrous as it's made out to be. Edwin Diaz has been the best closer in baseball. Adam Ottavino and Seth Lugo have both elevated into reliable set-up men. When Drew Smith and Tylor Megill come back, the bullpen will be even stronger.
There are pieces of the bullpen that are good, and the problem here is that virtually all of them will be entering free agency.
Diaz, Ottavino, and Lugo will all be entering free agency. So will guys like Trevor May, Tommy Hunter, Trevor Williams, and potentially Mychal Givens as he has a mutual option.
The only relievers left will be Joely Rodriguez and Drew Smith, assuming Megill and David Peterson come into the 2023 season as starting pitchers.
This is a huge issue that the Mets will need to address. Bringing Edwin Diaz back seems like a given. Other than that, I'm really not sure.
Will Seth Lugo want a fresh start? Can the Mets trust Ottavino to duplicate what he's done this season? Can they rely on veterans in May and Givens who have struggled this season to be good again? Or do they just bring in like five new relievers and hope for the best?
The Mets do have some young guys like Adonis Medina, Yoan Lopez, and Steven Nogosek who have come up this season and given the Mets quality innings when called upon, but can you trust one of them to be good, let alone three for a full season?
There are a lot of questions to be answered here and I'm very curious to see how it plays out.