2) What are the alternatives for the guys who might leave?
So, assuming a few guys do leave, what do the Mets do then?
In the starting pitcher category, it’s almost impossible to replace everyone. It’s also going to be tough to pivot to players of similar or better ability. Tylor Megill isn’t proven enough nor is David Peterson although we can hold out hope that the 2023 season is better for each.
In Nimmo’s case, the most important offensive free agent on the roster, the Mets will not find a suitable replacement outside of Aaron Judge. He’s a vastly different player and more of an alternative to deGrom than a direct replacement for the starting center fielder on this ball club.
There are, of course, trades the team could always makes. However, we’ve seen them reluctant to part with many of their best prospects. It would seem the Mets are eager to see what they can do rather than watch them succeed elsewhere.
The biggest concern for the Mets this offseason is definitely with the starting rotation. It feels inevitable that a downgrade in at least one of the spots will occur unless they make one of those free agent additions nobody saw coming.
Adding to the difficulty, the Mets have a huge gap in one part of their roster that I’ve failed to mention thus far. Almost the entire bullpen is headed to free agency.