Baseball What’s next for the Mets this offseason? by Michael Clinco December 17, 2018 Thus far, the off-season has been an interesting test for new New York Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen. Some fans have loved his decisions so far and others have really hated them, but that’ll be the case for anything. In my opinion, I think Brodie has really kept with his earlier decree of making the Mets a more competitive team in 2019. Look at it this way, for the first time since trading for Yoenis Cespedes, the Mets actually pulled off a blockbuster deal for two star players – Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz. They signed Wilson Ramos to a good contract and addressed the need at catcher. They also brought back Jeurys Familia to help in the bullpen. Though I don’t like the contract, it gives them a solid set-up man in front of Diaz. So far, I think Brodie has done very well in his first off-season, but the only question is, what’s next? In my opinion, I think the Mets need to address the issue of depth in both the infield and outfield which I mentioned my opinion in a previous article. Both Gerardo Parra and Freddy Galvis are still available and could fill the depth needs very well. Also, with both Joakim Soria and David Robertson available on the free agent board, I still think the Mets could also target starter turned reliever Bud Norris or Zach Duke as cheaper alternatives to the previously mentioned relief pitchers. Norris specifically could have added value considering his small experience as a closer, which he gained the last two seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Angels. Though Norris is coming off three back to back one-year contracts and may want a multi-year deal, I don’t think either he or Duke would have a steep price to sign. Overall, I don’t think that the Mets have a desperate need anymore and at this point I think it’s more about adding to make possible weaknesses a little stronger. Following the signing of Ramos, it is now possible that the Mets will look to deal either Travis D’Arnaud, Tomas Nido, or Kevin Plawecki to fill in one of the issues I mentioned above now that they have some depth at the position. It doesn’t matter at this point if it’s depth for the outfield, infield or bullpen, the point is I think the Mets are far from finished this off-season and if Brodie has taught us anything, we should expect the unexpected. Post Views: 1,363 The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Michael Clinco Latest posts by Michael Clinco (see all) The End of Overpriced Contracts in MLB - February 18, 2019 Don’t Embarrass Cooperstown: My Letter to the BBWAA - January 19, 2019 2018 Offseason: Who’s Done Better, Mets vs Yankees - January 11, 2019 What’s next for the Mets this offseason? - December 17, 2018 Related TopicsBrodie Van WagenenBud NorrisKevin PlaweckiNew York MetsTravis D' ArnaudZach Duke Click to comment Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Headlines Trending Videos Charity Events “Ticket to Ride” Campaign Benefits Fantastic Friends of WNY Baseball The First Day of Summer Camp Lacrosse New York Lizards, Major League Lacrosse Eye July Return Hockey Edmonton, Toronto Selected As Hub Cities FACES Hard work has led to success for John Jacob in high school football Baseball Yankees’ Billy Martin’s Luxury Lake House For Sale FACES Angelo DeSalvo Enjoys Successful Career in Coaching High School Football Basketball Kevin Durant Joins Philadelphia Union Ownership FACES Women in Sports Interview Series: It’s a sure bet with Philadelphia native, Erin Kate Dolan (VIDEO) FACES Women in Sports Interview Series: National Lacrosse League Host & Producer, Devan Kaney (VIDEO) Football “Overtime” – Ep. 43: New York Guardians 2020 Season Opener (Video) BIZ “Overtime” – Ep. 40: NY Raptors Thanksgiving Classic 2019 (VIDEO) Podcasts More in Baseball The First Day of Summer Camp The first day of summer camp. It’s a day that signifies excitement, happiness and... A Timeline of Negotiations Between the MLB Owners, Players It all began on Mar. 26, 2020. Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major... Honoring the Legend of Satchel Paige As we celebrate the Negro League’s Centennial season, we look back at some of... You Know I’m Right, Episode 21: Nathan’s Hot Dog-Eating Contest, Cam Newton And Barry Bonds (Audio) On the 21st episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese discuss: 2020 Nathan’s... Mets sign Wilson Ramos to a two-year deal The future of Cespedes leaving the Mets in limbo?