Hiring a young manager– The Mets are leaving the Terry Collins era, a time when they had the oldest manager in all of baseball, for seven years. While Collins brought the team success in terms of making it to the World Series, many agreed it was time for him to go. With Alex Cora out of the picture, it seems as if the final four candidates for the job are Manny Acta, Kevin Long, Mickey Callaway, and Joe McEwing. While none of these men are particularly young, Mickey Callaway is the youngest at 42. He also has a terrific record with as the Indians pitching coach. A young coach may be able to better help and understand the concerns that this current Mets team, which is built around it’s pitching rotation, may have.
Sign Mike Moustakas, for one year– With another surgical procedure, David Wright has essentially eliminated himself from more baseball games for the upcoming season. If the Mets want to succeed in 2018, they simply can’t rely on Wright to be their starting third baseman. Moustakas, at age 29, is entering free agency this winter. It would be wise for the Mets to sign him as a stopgap at third in case they wanted to chase a bigger third base target, such as Nolan Arenado or Manny Machado in next year’s free agent hunt. It would be a smart move by Moustakas to raise his value and recieve a high-figure contract that will be slightly less money from a team that missed out on Machado or Josh Donaldson. For both sides, it is a win-win. Besides, who wouldn’t want a player who hit .272 and slugged 38 home runs?
Save money for 2018– Going along with my second item, the Mets should save money for the 2018 free agent market. Any extra cash will certainly be needed. With a free-agent market that is expected to present the likes of Bryce Harper, Klayton Kershaw, Donaldson, Machado, and more elite talent, there will be a bevy of money to spend. The Mets will most likely already have money invested in their rotation, so they will have to be cautious in the way they spend on position players this offseason.
Aquire a veteran starting pitcher– Rotational depth, or lack of thereof, killed the Mets last season. Injuries to Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Matt Harvey wrecked any chance the Mets had of having a strong, effective relationship. To prevent this from happening, the Mets should look to acquire a veteran starting pitcher. Starters like Trevor Cahill and Jeremy Hellickson should be available for the Mets to make an offer to, and they would be wise to do so. Having a veteran starter to lead the young arms of the Mets wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.
Acquire a pinch-runner– In 2017, the Mets finished 27th in stolen bases. In some games, a crucial stolen base could lead to getting the winning or tying run into scoring position. Adding speed should be a no-brainer for this team, especially if it comes at a cheap price. Having a designated pinch runner will always be useful, and there will be ample situations where a pinch runner will be useful for the team.