1 biggest miss in free agency for the Mets

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When looking at the New York Mets offseason as a whole there isn't much to complain about, if at all with the types of moves they made. As a matter of fact, many fans and baseball pundits alike would give the Mets a grade of an A for the type of impact moves they made to retain and improve their roster going into the 2023 season.

If anybody was to have a complaint about the Mets' offseason, it would certainly be in regards to them not landing the big bat that they sorely needed. The Mets were at the one-yard line with the Carlos Correa deal that ultimately fell apart, but they could've eased those concerns early on in the offseason by signing Jose Abreu.

Jose Abreu could have solved the Mets' recent woes at the designated hitter position

The 36-year-old Abreu was the perfect fit for what the Mets needed at the designated hitter position and he also would've been an ideal option to spell Pete Alonso at first base. Unfortunately for the Mets, Abreu wound up signing a 3-year $58.5 million deal with the Houston Astros in late November.

While Abreu's power seemed to dip last season, he was still a productive hitter as he finished the season with a .304/.378/.446 slash line with 15 home runs and 75 RBIs in 157 games. The Mets sorely lacked that type of production out of their revolving door at designated hitter last season.

Abreu not only would've made an on-field impact for the Mets, but his valued clubhouse leadership would've also gone a long way for a team who has valued team chemistry just as much as on-field production. On paper, it seemed like a perfect fit and while the Mets did not sign Abreu, they are now left with both Daniel Vogelbach and Darin Ruf as potential options again for DH this season.

Should the Mets have any needs at the trade deadline later this summer, I would predict it being another bat needed in their starting lineup. Unfortunately, they had a shot at correcting that weakness from last season and failed to capitalize on it this past winter.

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