The New York Mets are not in competition this 2023 after putting together the roster with the highest payroll in baseball history. The team decided to sell some of their rental players and their two aces to increase the value of their farm system to create more sustainability in the organization in the future.
Steve Cohen said that these moves don't preclude us from being very competitive next year, he reckons he will be opportunistic over the winter to keep the team competitive. In this sense, Shohei Ohtani may be off the Mets' radar but the team can assemble a good roster for 2024 and beyond, taking into consideration the ETA of the top prospects in their farm system.
The Mets lineup would be similar to this year, with some balances of power and platoon split considerations
Despite fan frustration over the inconsistency of the team's offense, the Mets have a good core of players with the ability to produce. However, the team needs to combine young talent with power in search of balancing a lineup that did not produce as expected in 2024.
- CF Brandon Nimmo
- 2B Jeff McNeil
- SS Francisco Lindor
- 1B Pete Alonso
- DH Joey Gallo
- C Francisco Alvarez
- 3B Brett Baty
- LF Ronny Mauricio
- RF Starling Marte
One correct route for the Mets is to promote Ronny Mauricio. The top prospect could play LF once he settles into the position and rotates with Jeff McNeil at second base or even Brett Baty at third. Likewise, the lineup has suffered a drop in production due to a lack of power after Daniel Vogelbach's failed experiment as DH.
The Mets may opt to sign Joey Gallo to a one-year deal who continues to maintain a top power contact in the league. His batting average has never been high, but his power allows him to be a regular with the Mets, especially against right-handers, leaving space for Mark Vientos to be the DH against left-handed where he has the best split numbers and can cover first base on some occasions.
Being opportunistic, the team can push the best matchup in their lineups to improve their production. Likewise, in terms of defense, the Mets need an outfielder who can rotate between LF, CF, and RF, and who can produce.
In this sense, the Mets could sign Kevin Kiermaier to a one-year deal with a club option for 2025. He is still top of the league in defense to cover the outfield from the bench and sometimes plays against right-handed pitchers. The team bench would be complemented by Omar Narvaez, one between Vientos and Gallo, and Luis Guillorme as the backup infielder.