10) Most valuable player in the Mets organization - Starling Marte
When Marte got hurt toward the end of last season and missed the final month, it became very apparent how important he is to this lineup. Without him in the 2-hole, the Mets struggled offensively more than they had all season. It makes sense too, he was excellent. He was an All-Star for the first time since 2016 and hit .292 with a .814 OPS and 16 home runs. His stolen bases took a step back, going from 47 in 2021 to 18 in 2022, but he was also playing through injury for much of the year. Health, combined with the larger bases, should see him recapture his base stealing in 2023.
9) Most valuable player in the Mets organization - Kodai Senga
There are plenty of other unknowns on the team, but none is bigger than Senga. He’s been one of the best pitchers in Japan for the last decade, but you never know how that’s going to translate to pitching in Major League Baseball. The Mets signed him this offseason to a 5-year, $75 million deal, which isn’t a whole lot relative to the Mets payroll. He’s going into his age-30 season, which means he is actually the youngest pitcher in the five-man rotation. If he lives up to the hype, he and his famous “ghost fork” could play a major role in the Mets success for years to come.
8) Most valuable player in the Mets organization - Edwin Díaz
Sound. The. Trumpets. The best closer in baseball is back with the Mets for at least the next three seasons which could be as many as six. The Mets gave him a 5-year, $102 million contract with an opt-out after three years and a team option for the sixth. He was indisputably the best reliever in baseball last season, which is something no one would have predicted in 2019. The way Díaz has adapted to pitching in New York has been truly special to watch, overcoming his disastrous first season in Queens and becoming what everyone thought he could become. Relievers are historically volatile, but there’s no reason to think Díaz won’t be one of the best arms in baseball again at the very least.
7) Most valuable player in the Mets organization - Jeff McNeil
After a very disappointing 2021 season, McNeil rebounded in the biggest way possible in 2022. He leaned into being the best version of the hitter he is built to be and flourished, winning the National League batting title. The craziest part is that’s not even close to all McNeil brings to the table. He is a fantastic defender at second base and there’s an argument to be made for him being robbed of a Gold Glove last season. He doesn’t just play second though, he’s also capable of playing either of the corner outfield spots at a high level and would move positions based on whatever the team needed frequently last season. He can even play third if asked to, there was just never a need last year. Locked up this offseason on a 4-year, $50 million extension with a team option for a fifth year, he’s a cornerstone piece of this franchise.
6) Most valuable player in the Mets organization - Max Scherzer
It’s unfortunate Scherzer’s season ended the way it did in the playoffs because it was not indicative of the season he had. He was one of the main reasons the Mets won 101 games and made it to the postseason, and no singular bad game can erase that. In 23 starts, Mad Max 2.29 ERA and 0.908 WHIP, both outstanding marks. He did deal with some injury issues and that is a concern with him turning 39 years old in July, but that’s just something the Mets will have to monitor as the season goes along. Regardless, he is still one of the absolute best pitchers in baseball and a massive tone-setter for the locker room.