Final Mets offseason grade with no more major moves left to make
With Opening Day just around the corner, I thought it would be a great time to take a look at the moves that the New York Mets made this offseason as a whole and assign a final grade. It's important to remember the Mets not only had to find ways to improve the weaknesses on their roster, but also they had to make sure they retained their own talent that was also eligible for free agency.
It was a roller coaster of an offseason, to say the least from Jacob deGrom walking away from the only organization he has ever known to the whole Carlos Correa saga. The Mets front office however dipped deep into Owner Steve Cohen's pockets and spent records amount of money this winter.
The Mets spent a record amount of money this offseason in their quest for their first World Series since 1986
Not many organizations would know how to replace three starting pitchers which included one of the best pitchers of this generation but the Mets found a way. Despite the losses of deGrom, Taijuan Walker, and Chris Bassitt, the Mets replenished their rotation with the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander, one of the best pitchers in Japan in Kodai Senga, and one of the more underrated pitchers in baseball in Jose Quintana.
The Mets also had to shell out big dollars in a pair of $100 million contracts to retain their own talent by re-signing stud closer Edwin Diaz as well as starting center fielder Brandon Nimmo. Most teams in baseball would have struggled to re-sign one of these players let alone two, but the Mets were able to get it done thanks to having one of the richest owners in baseball.
The Mets front office also solidified the bullpen, which also needed a total overhaul, with additions such as Brooks Raley, and David Robertson, as well as bringing back last year's set-up man in Adam Ottavino. At this point, you can say the Mets may have had one of their most successful offseasons in franchise history.
Where the Mets fell short this winter was adding another impact bat to the starting lineup. I believe a major area of concern that snakebit the Mets late in the year was having additional offensive support for both Francisco Lindor and Pete Alonso after Starling Marte had gotten hurt. While Carlos Correa would've alveated most of those concerns and deepened their lineup, we know how that saga played out. It will be interesting to see how the offense looks during the first month of the year.
Overall I give the Mets a grade of an A- for the way they handled business this winter. They made all of the necessary moves to keep their World Series aspirations alive, but they came up short in fixing one of the main issues last season which was the offense.