5) Sign Max Fried
There are a lot of really good pitchers available in free agency next winter. Some will be extended. Max Fried, who has been ignored by the Atlanta Braves, is someone who may have already gotten a little too expensive for their taste.
Choosing Fried here for the super team has as much to do with where he’s coming from as it does his abilities. Take your pick of any of the free agent starting pitchers. There are plenty of them.
Snagging Fried away from the Braves would be a victory for the Mets. Although he has battled some injuries, Fried owns an incredible 62-26 record and 3.03 ERA. His highest ERA in any season was the 4.02 he posted in 2019 when he won a personal-best 17 games. We can blame the juiced baseballs for the ERA jump, can’t we?
If you want to build a super team, you have to play a little dirty. Fried would be my choice. Maybe yours is plucking Gerrit Cole away from the New York Yankees if he opts out. Perhaps you’d prefer to do what the Dodgers have to so many other teams and strip away Walker Buehler from them. Whichever it is, the Mets need some big arms for their roster whether it’s a super team or something less they plan on constructing.