3) NY Mets front office earned our faith by keeping the farm system mostly intact
Not only did the front office improve the team with several trades, but the farm system also looks just as strong as it did prior to the trade deadline and even heading into the offseason. Somehow, Eppler has kept all of the team’s best prospects in tow. Because they didn’t make any blockbuster deals, the future is looking really bright.
The counterargument to this would be that the Mets did need to add more. Specifically, most fans would have enjoyed seeing a bullpen upgrade of more significance than Mychal Givens. That’s fair. And if there is one area we can question them, it’s in that department.
There is a plan, however. Between Tylor Megill and David Peterson, the team already has two bullpen options down the stretch and maybe even into the postseason. When starting rotations drop from five to three or four in the playoffs, the Mets could move Carlos Carrasco and/or Taijuan Walker to the bullpen to spice things up further.
A somewhat overlooked aspect of the front office is their consistency. We knew from the start they didn’t want to trade away their best prospects. They’ve remained committed to that way of thinking similar to how they aren’t willing to go to a certain price for certain free agents.
Consistency is important—especially when it works. The blueprints printed last November have been followed with every decision when it comes to the farm system and other areas. Having a front office that sticks to the plan is something everyone can trust in.
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