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Grading the offseason moves the Mets made and didn't make

Mar 21, 2022; Jupiter, Florida, USA; Max Scherzer (21) of the New York Mets pitches in the fourth
Mar 21, 2022; Jupiter, Florida, USA; Max Scherzer (21) of the New York Mets pitches in the fourth / Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports
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Sep 8, 2021; Oakland, California, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Andrew Chafin (39) signals / Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets misses

I believe the Mets had a very good offseason. They signed a marquee guy in Max Scherzer who in my opinion changes everything with this team. They traded for a really good starter in Chris Bassitt at good value. They signed three bats who should help the lineup a lot. They signed a solid reliever to round out the 'pen.

However, there're things the Mets didn't do as well. I really wish the Mets signed a left-handed reliever. Yes, they did sign Chasen Shreve and Alex Claudio to minor league deals, but I wanted more. The National League East is loaded with left-handed power bats.

Freddie Freeman is finally gone, but the Braves replaced him with Matt Olson. The Phillies have the reigning MVP Bryce Harper and signed Kyle Schwarber. The Nationals still have Juan Soto. I wish the Mets signed a lefty like Andrew Chafin who I could have a little bit more faith in to get those guys out. Chafin's contract was very cheap.

I also wish the Mets added a left-handed power bat. They did sign Escobar, but I wanted more. I think a reunion with Michael Conforto still makes a lot of sense with all three outfielders having very risky injury histories, but that doesn't seem to be in the cards. Watching Kyle Schwarber sign with the Phillies was tough too because I thought he would've been such a good fit on this team.

The Mets do have guys like Robinson Cano and Dom Smith who I guess could bounce back but I have virtually no faith in Cano and don't know if Smith will even get the opportunity to bounce back to his 2020 MVP-like form.

The last thing I think the Mets missed out on was a bench outfielder. I don't think it's wise to have a bench that includes two of J.D. Davis, Dom Smith, and Robinson Cano. The Mets don't have a center fielder on their bench and the best guy they signed as depth was Travis Jankowski who can play the field and run, but isn't a good hitter at all.

The Mets are much improved overall, and anything short of a playoff appearance would be a major disappointment. They have one of, if not the best rotation in baseball with good depth with guys like Tylor Megill and David Peterson. They have really good bullpen pieces and can easily upgrade at the trade deadline if it becomes an issue. And they really improved the lineup with the power bats of Escobar and Canha and the speed of Marte.

I don't think the Mets are quite as good as the Braves and Dodgers, but when you have deGrom and Scherzer on your team in a seven-game series anything can happen.

Overall Grade: A

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