Here is my MLB 2019 Offseason Breakdown Blog. This time it is on the New York Mets and I will talk about who the Mets acquired and lost, their starting lineup and pitching rotation and my prediction for them this season. Let’s get into the blog.
Offseason Acquisitions and Loses:
Mets Trade Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak and 3 minor league players for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz
Mets made probably the biggest trade of the offseason as they got one of the best 2nd baseman and one of the best closers in the MLB. Diaz finished the season with the league most saves with 57 and Cano is still a very good player. And at the same time, the Mets got rid of salary but they did have to trade some of their best prospects.
Jeurys Familia signs a 3 year $30 million contract
The Mets bullpen gets better as they get back Familia after trading him last season to the A’s. Familia is a good relief pitcher, but he has a problem with finishing games. Now that Diaz is there maybe some of the pressure will get off his shoulders and he will perform better as a setup man.
Jed Lowrie signs a 2 year $20 million contract
The Mets bring in depth to their infield with Jed Lowrie. Lowrie is a player who can play almost all positions in the infield. Lowrie had a surprise season last year where he made his first career All-Star game and had 99 RBI’s. The only problem with Lowrie is he does have some injury concern in the past and it’s already showing as he might not start the season with the team.
Wilson Ramos signs a 2 year $19 million contract
The Mets finally get a catcher who can actually do something that no catcher since Paul Lo Duca could do. Hit the ball. Ramos last season with the Rays and Phillies hit .306 with 70 RBI’s.
Justin Wilson signs a 2 year $10 million contract
The Mets make another big move for their bullpen as Wilson had a very good season against lefty hitters. Last season lefties only had a .190 batting average against him and he had 1.61 ERA against lefties.
C: Wilson Ramos
1B: Pete Alonso
2B: Robinson Cano
3B: Jeff McNeil
SS: Amed Rosario
LF: Michael Conforto
CF: Juan Lagares
RF: Brandon Nimmo
1. Jacob deGrom
2. Noah Syndergaard
3. Zach Wheeler
4. Steven Matz
5. Jason Vargas
Offseason Grade: A-
The Mets did everything right this offseason. They got depth for the infield. They got some really good bullpen pitchers. But their problem like it is every season is injury. They already are down Cespedes, Frazier, Lowrie so that scares me already. Also, the fact that Vargas is still a starting pitching isn’t the best. So we gotta make sure we keep @GMBVW to sign Dallas Kheucl because that would be a very smart move. And for this season, the Mets will not make the playoffs and finish fourth in the division. The Phillies and Braves are just much better teams and will be hard to compete against.
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