An offseason filled with spending left the New York Mets with the highest payroll in baseball along with a whole lot of new faces. Steve Cohen made his mark with the team, spending lavishly on revamping the pitching staff and bringing in some veterans to fill positions of need in the lineup.
The Mets obviously couldn't afford to bring everybody back however, and as a result some fan favorites found themselves in different uniforms for 2023. Some of these players have gotten off to rough starts with their new teams, but others have found some quick success as well. While its far too early to deem if letting these players walk was a mistake or not, fans might be wishing we held onto some of these players given their hot starts.
Former Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom is showing flashes of his former Cy Young self with the Texas Rangers
Mets fans around were heartbroken when Jacob deGrom bolted for Texas this past offseason, as the formerly lifelong Met seemed destined to retire in blue and orange. He was arguably the best pitcher in baseball when healthy, but that was rarely the case as his last years in Queens were plagued with injuries.
So far with Texas, deGrom is turning back the clock. Through five starts, he has an insane 43 strikeouts across 26.2 innings. Outside of his Opening Day disaster, he has a 1.57 ERA and has been virtually untouchable across most of his appearances.
However, the risk of injury will always be there for deGrom. Rangers fans got the full "deGrom experience" against the Kansas City Royals, where he pitched four no hit innings before promptly leaving with wrist soreness that had Ranger fans panicking.
A generational talent with horrific injury luck, peak deGrom was undoubtedly the best pitcher to don the Met uninform this century. With how he is performing currently with Texas, Mets fans might be wishing we held onto him, especially considering Justin Verlander has yet to make a start. However, you have to remember that the Rangers gave him a five year deal, and assuming his injuries take over in later years, the jury will be out for a while on if the Mets made the right decision or not.