4) The NY Mets signed Omar Narvaez and managed to trade James McCann
Let’s double down with this one. Not only did the Mets sign free agent catcher Omar Narvaez, but they also managed to find a taker for James McCann. They are paying most of McCann’s salary, but even being able to deal him away to the Baltimore Orioles is a victory.
Narvaez seems to have a higher ceiling for the 2023 season even though he struggled at the plate in 2022 with the Milwaukee Brewers. The catcher spot was a black hole for the team for most of 2022. Even Tomas Nido outhitting expectations wasn’t quite enough for us to have much confidence in the offensive output.
Nobody saw Narvaez coming to the Mets with the team already employing three catcher options, including Francisco Alvarez. It’s a transaction that has grown on me in the days since it happened.
5) Everything with Carlos Correa
Most shocking of all, the Mets agreed to a deal with Carlos Correa in the middle of the night after he had already looked destined to work things out with the San Francisco Giants. Nobody predicted this was going to happen. We all woke up the next morning, or went to bed, thinking there was some sort of a mistake. Did someone pre-schedule a story that they forgot to remove? Exactly what was Jon Heyman drinking when this was reported?
It turned out to be true. Unfortunately, we’ve been hanging for more than a week now wondering if something will get finalized.
The calendars have already flipped to a brand new year and nothing has gotten done just yet. To even be in the Correa picture came as a surprise. For it to happen the way it did and the aftermath which has followed came as a complete surprise.
Keep your fingers crossed this doesn’t end up as one of those big Mets disappointments.