The New York Mets have had a record-setting offseason, most recently adding Carlos Correa in a stunning midnight move. This is by far the best Mets roster I’ve seen in my lifetime, and I can’t wait for the season to start.
So is there anything left for the Mets to do this offseason?
Do they need to do anything else? Nope. According to Fangraphs’ projections, the current Mets roster will lead the league in Wins Above Replacement (WAR) with 53.4.
With that said, they have still been linked to a few guys either in trades or in free agency. They’ve been linked to White Sox closer Liam Hendriks, who would be a nice addition to the bullpen.
The Mets could also look to trade away some guys to build up the farm system. Eduardo Escobar, would probably be the most likely trade candidate, but teams could be interested in Mark Canha or prospects like Brett Baty or Mark Vientos as well. They Mets shouldn’t be too aggressive trying to move these guys because depth is important, but if the right opportunity arises, they could pull the trigger.
Catcher Conundrum: What should the Mets do with their catchers?
Let’s play a game of start one, bench one, demote one with the Mets catchers. Here’s what I’d do:
Start: Omar Narvaez
Bench: Tomas Nido
Demote: Francisco Alvarez
I’d start Narvaez because he’s an elite framer, and he has a higher offensive ceiling than Nido. He’s had three seasons with an OPS+ above 100, which Nido has never come close to in a full season. Being a left-handed hitter, he would get the majority of the starts with Nido playing vs. lefties and on other days Narvaez needs a day off.
I’m demoting Alvarez because he needs to catch every day. Alvarez is still only 21, so playing every day and improving his defensive skills is crucial to his development. Using him as a DH would be a waste of his talent. Once he gets to the point where he can catch everyday, then call him up and give him the reigns.