2) The Mets didn’t get any new offensive production from the catcher position.
The Mets saw another opportunity slip away, as the Cubs kept All-Star catcher Willson Contreras, despite many rumblings the Cubs would move on from the last member of their World Series team from six years ago. The Mets and Rays were in on Contreras, but the Mets approached the deadline as if they weren’t willing to move any of their top prospects to get him.
Christian Vazquez was another name linked to the Mets at one point. Vazquez is one of the best hitting catchers in baseball, and was an important link to the Red Sox 2018 championship, based on how amazing their pitching was. Vazquez was dealt to the Astros for two prospects, neither one was in the Astros’ top 25 prospect list.
How did the Mets not offer something similar to what the Astros offered? The Red Sox got totally fleeced in that trade, and this makes the Mets look silly for not upgrading offensively. The Mets are banking on the offense from their high-quality players to stay as successful as they’ve been all year while relying on James McCann and Tomas Nido to only need to produce in big spots like (especially Nido) have all season.
By the way, Francisco Alvarez still needs time to look at borderline major league pitching in Triple-A before the Mets give him the shot in Queens.