4) 2018-2019 NY Mets offseason
A year prior to Brodie Van Wagenen’s blunders in the 2019-2020 offseason, he made a few other fumbles. This was the offseason which pretty much began with the notorious trade with the Seattle Mariners. The Robinson Cano/Edwin Diaz deal was blasted from the start. It aged better, but other moves failed to make this a memorable winter.
The Mets signed Wilson Ramos to become their new catcher. Outside of his summer hitting streak, he wasn’t anything all that great. Van Wagenen decided to sign a former client of his, Jed Lowrie, to a two-year deal. We all remember how that turned out—or didn’t turn out. He never played in the field and only received a handful of pinch-hitting opportunities in late 2019.
Two more minor moves had much different results. The trade for Keon Broxton was an early season disaster. However, the deal for J.D. Davis ended up as a steal for at least one season.
3) 2020-2021 NY Mets offseason
The first offseason under the Steve Cohen regime wasn’t as bombastic as some thought it would be. The early part of the offseason included signings of Trevor May and James McCann. Originally viewed as positive additions, we can now look back at them for what they were. Choose whatever adjective you’d like.
The 2020-2021 offseason had its biggest move take place in January when the Mets traded for Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco. The extension Lindor received later on solidified the move further. Lindor wasn’t going to be gone after just one season.
This offseason wasn’t quite as robust as some others. Aaron Loup turned into a surprising success story. In a lot of ways, the team underwhelmed. Taijuan Walker was good until he ran into the second half.
In the two years since, the Mets have continued to get aggressive in the winter months. Which one looks the best?