5) Mets player who deserves an A grade: Starling Marte
The Mets signed Starling Marte this offseason on a four-year $78 million dollar contract. From day one, Marte's impact was felt in every aspect of the game.
His bat to ball skills were on display all season. He slashed .292/.347/.468 with 16 home runs and 63 RBI. Marte chipped in with 18 stolen bases as well.
The Mets were consistently scoring five runs per game for the first five months of the season but after Marte was hit on the hand and had to miss the rest of the regular season, the offense took a noticeable hit. The Mets were inconsistent offensively down the stretch and losing the all-star had everything to do with that.
Marte provided a spark in the Wild Card round with some hits but it didn't lead to a series victory unfortunately.
Marte was solid defensively as well. He was only in the 27th percentile in outs above average according to baseball savant but to me, he looked solid in what was a new position for him in right field. He showed off a very strong arm and used his speed to track down balls other right fielders might not have gotten to.
The Mets made a four year investment into the 34 year old and I'm sure the contract won't age great. However, for Marte to be an all-star and a 3.8 bWAR player, the Mets got their money's worth in year one.
Marte's presence was really felt all season and he was sorely missed down the stretch. It was a great debut season in Flushing for the veteran outfielder.