I thought last offseason was crazy. The New York Mets traded for and extended Francisco Lindor. Carlos Carrasco was in that deal too. They signed guys like Taijuan Walker, Trevor May, Aaron Loup, and James McCann.
It turns out this offseason was even crazier. The Mets made splashes before and after the lockout. They've turned what was a 77 win team last season, into a team that should definitely at least make the playoffs this season.
Steve Cohen sent a message that he is all in as the Mets have the league's highest payroll right now. Anything short of a playoff berth would be a massive disappointment.
This offseason was the most exciting one with the most ups and downs that I've experienced as a fan. Lets get to grading the moves that they made.
Mets sign Max Scherzer
The biggest splash of the offseason was the Mets signing Max Scherzer to a three-year $130 million dollar deal.
I thought this was a huge long shot. Scherzer made it abundantly clear last season around the deadline that he only wanted to go out west. I assumed this meant he wanted to stay out west. The Dodgers (luckily) stole Trevor Bauer from the Mets last offseason, I thought even if the Mets outbid them for Scherzer he'd stay. Fortunately, he did not.
The Mets acquired a guy who has an argument to be the second-best pitcher in baseball right now to pair with the best pitcher in baseball by far in Jacob deGrom. The Mets have the most formidable top of the rotation in the game with five Cy Young awards between the two aces.
Scherzer is 37 but is not pitching like it. He's shown no signs of slowing down. He just went 15-4 with a 2.46 ERA last season and finished third in the National League Cy Young balloting.
This is the biggest free agent the Mets have signed in my years as a fan by far. The Mets are getting a Hall of Famer who is still pitching like one. Scherzer signing with the Mets signaled to me that he believed they could win and convinced me the Mets would do whatever it took to try and win the World Series.
The Mets absolutely hit it out of the park there was nobody better that they could've signed than Scherzer this offseason.