2) NY Mets fans fear the DH plan of sticking with internal options
It has been reported that the Mets could tackle the DH spot in the lineup with internal options. Does this mean Daniel Vogelbach paired with Darin Ruf again? We have to assume Eppler will be run out of town if this is the case.
Vogelbach may, however, end up in a platoon with Francisco Alvarez and/or Mark Vientos. Even this is questionable as much as we’re all hopeful Alvarez and Vientos could be bit contributors to the team in 2023.
The Mets would need to move on from Vogelbach entirely to open up space for a major free agent signing. No free agent in their right mind is going to agree to join the Mets and be a part-timer. Vogelbach as nothing more than a bench bat is a flawed plan. In the era of the universal DH, it’s redundant to have such a limited player on your bench. Pinch-hitting opportunities aren’t as plentiful.
We all have to believe the Mets will, at the very least, bring in one bat from the outside. They need to. The offense sputtered in the postseason. As much as we have that lasting memory of Max Scherzer and Chris Bassitt pitching duds, we can’t forget this club was one-hit by the San Diego Padres to finish the year.
Offense might not be the biggest element missing from the Mets. But if we already think the rotation is taking a step backwards, they’re going to need to stretch forward with the bats. Not having a better plan at DH might be a fatal mistake they spend all year trying to correct. Haven’t seen that episode before?