Mets Monday Morning GM: 3 reasons fans might be unimpressed with David Stearns

Feeling underwhelmed? You're hardly alone.

Feb 15, 2024; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Mets president of baseball operations David Stearns talks
Feb 15, 2024; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Mets president of baseball operations David Stearns talks / Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports
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David Stearns is automatically a divisive figure in the New York Mets organization. Anyone who assembles the roster will suffer through scrutiny and praise whether they’re worthy of it or not. In an offseason with a different feel than the last few for the Mets, many have been left unimpressed.

The results on the field will ultimately decide whether or not it was a successful winter. It’ll do little to change the lack of satisfaction from what has been done. If you’re someone with doubts about the Mets, these three reasons might be why.

1) The Mets overpaid for defense while ignoring the need for an offensive upgrade

A lot has been said about the defensive upgrades the Mets made this offseason. Harrison Bader getting $10.5 million seems a bit extreme even if it matches what the Toronto Blue Jays gave Kevin Kiermaier. Bader’s offensive output and ability to stay healthy is below Kiermaier’s track record. He might dazzle us on defense, but for three or four plate appearances a night, he’s a pricy number nine hitter.

Bader isn’t the only defensive upgrade the Mets added. Joey Wendle, on a much more affordable and acceptable deal, came to the team for $2 million. It’s actually more than what Gio Urshela ended up getting at $1.5 million. The Mets rushed to sign Wendle this offseason to replace Luis Guillorme. It turned out to be a mistake as it seemed to factor in as one of the reasons why they no longer had room for an offensive upgrade they could bring to the roster.

Wendle isn’t such a bad addition and we couldn’t have expected Stearns to wait on Urshela who signed late in free agency with the Detroit Tigers. Bader, on the other hand, remains an overpay for a roster that already has Tyrone Taylor to supply them with defensive gifts.

Meanwhile, the Mets have so many questions at the DH spot. DJ Stewart and Mark Vientos don’t both need to be on this roster. Then there’s third base where Brett Baty will receive very little competition.

It seems as if the Mets have some of those same questions with the lineup as they did at the end of last year. Three spots—DH, third base, and center field—have the potential to be black holes. And if Starling Marte isn’t anything like himself, we can add right field in there, too.

Too much emphasis on the defense without adding any significant upgrades to the offense doesn’t look good.