With just 50 games left in the season, and no hope of fighting for the post season, the most important role for the Mets’ front office is to evaluate what’s left of the roster to see who should and shouldn’t be a part of the 2018 team. Lots of questions need answering.
Is David Wright’s playing career finished? If yes, can we find a way for him to stay with the organization and end his career with dignity? Maybe he has a future in coaching?
Can T.J. Rivera avoid elbow surgery and, if so, is he a viable candidate for second or third base?
Can Asdrubal Cabrera play a good enough second and/or third base to warrant picking up his option?
Can we showcase a healthy Neil Walker enough to get a trade partner to bite?
Are Flores and Rivera redundant or is there room for two right-handed hitting, weak-fielding reserve infielders?
Can Yoenis Cespedes remain healthy long enough to remind us of why we gave him that huge contract?
Is leadership, versatility and experience justification for bringing back Granderson in a reduced role, at a reduced price?
How does the lineup perform with Michael Conforto in the middle of it where he belongs?
Can Seth Lugo avoid elbow surgery?
Can Jacob deGrom complete one of the few great seasons for a Met in 2017?
Can Jeurys Familia bounce back and be the closer he was before his injury?
Can A.J. Ramos transition to a setup role?
The coaching staff
Is Terry Collins coming back next year?
What about Dan Warthen, Kevin Long and the rest of the coaching staff?
If no to any of those, who are the possible replacements?
In light of all the injuries are we really going to let Mike Barwis continue to let these guy pump iron like football players or are we going to bring in a trainer to focus on flexibility and endurance?
General Manager Sandy Alderson has a lot of evaluating to do and a lot of questions to answer. First among them – will he stick with the Mets to help fortify this team and make them competitive again in 2018?