As we head towards the end of the 2023 MLB Season, the New York Mets are left with more questions than answers. When they entered this year, expectations were high but injuries, lack of offensive production and a horrendous month of June derailed the Mets resulting in them in last place in the NL East, almost 25 games out of first place in the division after a 101 win campaign in 2022.
So once the offseason gets underway, the Mets and their front office led by general manager Billy Eppler and the CEO Steve Cohen will have a lot of thinking to do. Do they make moves that get them back into World Series contenders or will accept the fact that they're in a rebuilding phase and will have to build a team around the players that they currently have on their roster? It is going to be an interesting offseason for sure as the NL East is looking like the best division in all of baseball with the Braves seeming to build a dynasty before our very eyes, the Phillies building a contender every season and even the Marlins and now the Nationals showing that they have promise. Anything is possible for the Mets too so don't be surprised if these stunning moves happen this offseason.
1. The Mets reunite with Noah Syndergaard
Now this move will be one that will probably have a lot of Mets fans rolling their eyes and rightfully so. Ever since Syndergaard or "Thor" as he was nicknamed in New York left the Mets in 2021, he's never found his ace form. While he did have a decent year in 2022 with two teams, the Angels and Phillies he pitched to a 3.83 ERA in 15 outings with the Halos and was a factor in the Philles run to the World Series when he was traded to Philly. He seemed to have lost his game this year in particular.
After he signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, it was not the result he or LA expected as was to put it bluntly horrible in 13 games putting up a record of 1-4 with a 7.16 ERA. When he got traded to the Cleveland Guardians in July, he was just as bad as in just six outings and had an ERA of 5.40 resulting in him getting designated for assignment. So why would the Mets want to sign him, to begin with?
I think the move is a risk the Mets should not be willing to take. Giving him either a one-year contract or a minor league with an invite to Spring Training doesn't hurt your team, but if the Mets want to compete in 2024, signing a player like Syndergaard who has proved recently that he can't be a starting pitcher right now in the MLB is a step in the wrong direction.