3 players in which the Mets either failed, are failing, or will fail and mismanage

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Not all talents have turned into roses for the New York Mets. In fact, it has probably been the team's undoing of one's potential with the team that has hurt more.

We last wrote on this topic two years ago on 3 players whom the Mets had failed or mishandled, such as original 1962 Met Ed Kranepool and recent Met Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

Seth Lugo has always wanted to start, but the New York Mets rarely felt the need to put him in the rotation.

Seth Lugo came onto the scene for the Mets in 2016 when he helped a rotation decimated with injuries and dominated. His performance was one of the main reasons the team made the playoffs as a wild card team that year.

And after an okay 2017 season, he was moved to the bullpen nearly full-time in 2018 and 2019 and was sensational. But it was Lugo's desire to start in the majors going back five years now and he deserved a chance in such a role.

Instead, the Mets decided to add starting pitching from outside the organization after Zach Wheeler left, and they got two massive busts in New York with Michael Wacha and Rick Porcello. And then Carlos Carrasco, who wasn't great in 2021, but was good last year, and not so much early on here this season.

This caused Lugo to search outside the Mets for a chance to be a full-time starter after the Mets conditioned him as a (really good) reliever for half a decade, and several teams expressed interest in signing him.

The San Diego Padres signed him because they had to address their rotation, and he killed it in his first two starts, giving up just two runs in 13 innings pitched. The Mets should be kicking themselves after seeing him go and the lack of depth the Mets have in their pitching staff.