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The Mets actually signed someone! Not to sound surprised, but the Mets have been less than willing to hand out the dollars this winter. Bringing back Jay Bruce on a 3 year, $39 Million deal and signing Anthony Swarzak for the bullpen was a good start, but if they want to compete next season, as they said they would, they need to do more. Here, we’ll fill in the spots that need filling in, and some spots that don’t, but could use an improvement.
Starting Pitcher: The Mets starting rotation last season was a massive disappointment, and since only one of the starters, Jacob deGrom, spent all of last season on the 25-man roster, the mets need to sign one more guy. The Mets need an innings-eater. Bartolo Colon, R.A. Dickey, and Lance Lynn could be options for the Mets. The Mets likely won’t sign Lynn, because of their limited budget, but if Colon or Dickey is willing to sign either a minor league or low money deal, the Mets, and their fans will be happy.
Relief Pitcher: Even after signing Anthony Swarzak to a 2 year, $14 Million contract, the Mets should probably still add a reliever or two. The two names that stick out are also former Mets, Addison Reed, and Tyler Clippard. Reed would be a huge addition to the Mets bullpen, giving them three closers, all of whom can and will work in any situation. Clippard on the other hand could be a reclamation contract for new pitching coach Dave Eiland. Hopefully, the Mets will sign Reed, giving them one of the best bullpens in baseball. (Edit: this paragraph was written before Addison Reed signed a 2 year/ $17 Million deal with Minnesota).
Second/Third Base: Mets fans should assume that David Wright will unfortunately play again. He is coming off of a year where he missed the entire season due to shoulder, neck, and back issues, and last played in May, 2016. If the Mets cannot complete a trade for the Pirates’ Josh Harrison, there are still a plethora of options available. The first option is signing Howie Kendrick, who is coming off of a season where he hit .315 between Philadelphia and Washington. The drawback to Kendrick is that he will be turning 35 this season, and has lost a step. Another option is Jose Reyes, who proved to be a valuable mentor to shortstop prodigy Amed Rosario, and is a proven clubhouse leader. He too will be 35, but his familiarity with the team could help him.
Catcher: Travis d’Arnaud has proven to be a good defensive catcher with little offensive ability and an uncanny ability to get injured. While he did hit .244 with 16 homers and 57 RBIs, Jonathan Lucroy could be a good addition to the Mets inconsistency at the catching position. While Lucroy did have a down year between Texas and Colorado in 2017, he did hit around .281 over the rest of his career.
First Base: Dominic Smith is likely not the answer at first base for the Mets, at least this coming season. Luckily the Mets were smart to sign Adrian Gonzalez, because if Dom Smith does prove himself to be a good, starting caliber first baseman, he will only cost the Mets the league minimum. For once, Mets fans should be happy that the Mets decided to be cheap.
2018 Projected 25 Man Roster
Bartolo Colon/RA Dickey
C: Jonathan Lucroy
1B: Adrian Gonzalez
2B: Josh Harrison
3B: Todd Frazier
SS: Amed Rosario
LF: Yoenis Cespedes
CF: Michael Conforto
RF: Jay Bruce