The New York Mets got started on their offseason earlier than Major League Baseball. That’s what happens when you exit from the playoffs in the first round.
While memories of the 2022 remain and continue to keep us awake at night, attention does begin to shift toward the offseason. And already, there are some concerns.
We all expect the Mets to do a bang-up job this offseason. Backed by Steve Cohen’s wealth and desire to not have the same thing happen again, the Mets should be aggressive. Not all predators end up getting their prey. There is enough reason to think it might not be a perfect winter for this ball club.
1) How can the Mets re-sign everyone at a reasonable enough rate?
If the Mets re-signed Jacob deGrom, Brandon Nimmo, and Edwin Diaz they will have pulled off something pretty awesome. Those three are tough to replace. Keeping them around is pretty important.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t ease any of the worries. Chris Bassitt, Carlos Carrasco, and Taijuan Walker could all be gone. The team will have to rebuild their starting rotation in a major way.
There is zero chance the 2023 Mets come back looking like a mirror image of the 2022 team. It’s best they don’t. It’s also just not going to happen. Even if they had interest in each of their free agents, someone is going to outbid them on one or two of them.
The Mets will wield a lot of power in this offseason yet again. Only because everyone is hitting the open market at the same time has it caught up with them.