4. Max Scherzer
I did not expect to put a 37 year old on this list but Max Scherzer is undoubtedly one of the most important people to this franchise. Going into this offseason I knew the Mets would need to upgrade their rotation, especially after they lost Noah Syndergaard in free agency.
I never expected the Mets to get Max Scherzer, it was just a dream. My dream became reality when they signed Scherzer to a three-year $130 million-dollar deal. He is the second part of the most dominant one-two punch in a rotation in the game, maybe ever alongside Jacob deGrom.
He will likely only be here for three years but a lot is riding on Scherzer and his success. He's coming off a season which saw him go 15-4 with a 2.46 ERA split between the Nationals and Dodgers. He's still striking out the world and going deep into games.
How long can that last? At the price they're paying the Mets need Scherzer to be that second ace. The guy who will step up in big games and help lead the Mets back to the Postseason and hopefully win the World Series.
With Jacob deGrom's health a major question mark the Mets will be relying heavily on Scherzer to give them 30+ regular season starts in edition to whatever workload he'd have in the Postseason.
It's a lot to ask, but I think he's up for the task. He's shown no signs of slowing down. If he does slow down, it becomes a lot harder for the Mets to win.