3) NY Mets GM Billy Eppler appears open to correcting his mistakes
Eppler hasn’t doubled-down on any of his shortcomings. The Mets could have picked up the option on Mychal Givens, but decided against it. Although Darin Ruf remains on the roster at the moment, we have to believe it’s only a matter of time before the Mets send him somewhere else for some cash considerations or a low-level prospect who doesn’t know his left from his right.
The sample of Eppler correcting his few mistakes might not be great enough for us to say this is a big part of his personality as a general manager. It’s also not a weakness. Eppler, with the approval of Cohen, will look to make the Mets better.
Maybe the best example of this is the valiant effort to improve the DH role last year. The Mets could see early on that their plan was weak. Robinson Cano, J.D. Davis, and Dominic Smith weren’t cutting it. None of them are with the organization any longer. Although they failed to find a suitable solution, we weren’t forced to sit through an entire season of those three.
Mistakes will happen even for a general manager destined for the Hall of Fame. The important thing is to learn from them. Eppler seems capable of this. Or maybe I’m just blind to his charm. He’s definitely not paying me $43 million to say good things.