5 major "wild cards" that can define the 2023 season

Tim Boyle
Sep 19, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates
Sep 19, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates / Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
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There’s no sure thing in the game of baseball. As much as we all believe the New York Mets will compete for a playoff spot and more, there’s a reason to play the games.

The ball club has a couple of “wild cards” heading into this season. These decisions, players, and roles can swing drastically in either direction. Will it work out for the Mets or will these wild cards create chaos?

1) NY Mets wild card: Choosing optional relievers over veterans

Unless the team changes philosophies late into the offseason, it looks like they’re just about done adding to the bullpen. It was previously reported that the team was passing on several free agent relievers because they would prefer to have optional arms over guys they’d have to keep on the MLB roster. It’s understandable. To get through a full season, you need a lot more than your original Opening Day roster.

The Mets did a fantastic job this year of bringing in new faces with minor league options. Billy Eppler made their presence known on the waiver wire. Several minor league free agents were signed as well. One of the most hard-fought battles this spring will be for two or three bullpen spots.

One still has to wonder if the Mets are an arm short. Add in one more veteran reliever and I think we’d feel a little more confident.

This is something the team can and probably will address at the trade deadline. By then, someone will have hopefully stepped up to at least provide them with some more assurance in relief.

Pitching depth is something the Mets have plenty of. The question of quality has yet to be determined.