5 biggest surprises of the Mets' offseason so far

Dec 20, 2022; NY, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Justin Verlander laughs during his introductory
Dec 20, 2022; NY, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Justin Verlander laughs during his introductory / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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We know the Steve Cohen-led New York Mets would be interesting and in a mostly positive way. This winter has provided us with plenty of surprises already.

The Mets are no longer an organization of complete chaos. Hey, every team has their follies. We actually have a general manager who will enter his second season with the team. Celebrate the small victories before throwing a parade for the bigger ones.

Surprises can be a good or bad thing. Since the end of the 2022 season and the start of the 2023 calendar year,

1) Jacob deGrom actually left the NY Mets

Is it a surprise? It seemed like Jacob deGrom was trending toward leaving the Mets throughout November. When he actually did come to an agreement with the Texas Rangers, it still lefty many a bit shocked.

A prediction is one thing. Reality is another.

The departure of deGrom is, for fans of a certain age, one of the biggest. deGrom left a positive legacy in New York. It ended a bit unceremoniously with a free agent choice to leave.

It’s not all on Jake. The Rangers gave him the best offer and he deserves to get every coin he can get. For all he gave the team, it’s hard to be upset with him. Most of us have left a job at one point for more money or what we felt was a better fit for our family.

The departure of deGrom from Queens sent some shockwaves across Mets Land. It’s hardly the most surprising event of all from this offseason. No, we’ve had a few others of both bigger and smaller scale.

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