If the New York Mets want to win the 2022 World Series, they’re going to need to make some improvements to the roster. Don’t get me wrong. They’re in pretty good shape right now. There is no need for a complete overhaul. The farm system doesn’t need to be ripped apart to make them credible contenders.
Nevertheless, the trade deadline will provide the Mets with opportunities to reach outside of the organization or help. Even the seemingly most dominant teams use that period to get better. The 2022 Mets will be no exception.
So what does the Mets roster need to become the clear World Series favorites aside from getting all of their starting pitchers back? Sticking in the realm of possibility and probability, these three types of players to the ball club would make them a whole lot better.
The Mets need a power bat in the middle of their lineup
It’s looking like Francisco Lindor may not have his best home run swing available this year nor will Eduardo Escobar. Each has faced some adversity early on this season. The only two guys who could come close to matching Pete Alonso’s power may need some help in the form of a new power bat in the middle of the lineup.
The Mets often go out seeking a home run hitter midyear. In 2015, it was Yoenis Cespedes. The next year, Jay Bruce. Then we saw them do the same with Javier Baez in 2021. This summer, yet another slugger could be headed to New York.
His exact position remains to be seen but the Mets may simply need to bolster the DH spot. A first baseman/corner outfielder type player could work. If they’re lucky, a guy like Mark Vientos gets promoted and takes on this role. If they’re luckier, players like J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith figure it out, step up, and start crushing baseballs.
The threat of a home run doesn’t run too deeply within the Mets lineup. It’s something worth addressing.