A great part of being a fan of anything is to overreact about every single move. You can cheer like a Pee Wee's Playhouse character whenever the word of the day is said. You can curse the person who bought you your first New York Mets cap when they blow a lead in the seventh of game 162 when they’ve already been eliminated for a month. Everything in between is available, too.
This offseason has been filled with plenty of reactions. Some have crossed the line of logic.
Unlike the last two winters where the Mets undoubtedly got better on paper, this year’s moves are more debatable. There has been plenty to react to and equally as much to overreact about.
1) The Mets and Steve Cohen have gotten cheap
The Mets are behaving a little more responsibly with their payroll. However, to question the amount they've spent seems ill-informed. You can't call out Steve Cohen who was willing to give Yoshinobu Yamamoto $325 million. He was always going to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers. They'd meet any offer the Mets would give.
This offseason hasn't been a trip to the Dollar Tree. The players they’ve added have been at market value. You may not have wanted them to spend $10.5 million on Harrison Bader or had a preferred choice over Sean Manaea or Luis Severino. If the Mets wanted players of their caliber, they needed to pay.
If the Mets had gotten cheap they would’ve rolled into the coming year with guys still on their rookie deals or in arbitration-eligible status. Joey Lucchesi would be the third starter. Jeff McNeil would have been traded to clear room for Joey Wendle to be the everyday second baseman, not an infield utility man.
It’s a complete overreaction to question the payroll. The choices are justified to be upset about, just not the number of zeros at the end of the contracts they have given.