To say that the Winter Meetings have been uneventful for the Mets would be an understatement. In fact, the biggest happening of this offseason has been the hiring of new manager Mickey Callaway. The Mets, who finished 70-92 in the 2017 season, appear to be sitting idle. They sit and wait while their cross-town rivals, the Yankees, continue to splurge in the riches of living in the New York market. Their recent addition? Giancarlo Stanton, and his 59 home runs from last season. The most recent addition to the Mets roster? Anthony Swarzak.
While Swarzak is a quality player, he is in no means the type of impact player that Stanton is. Stanton brings fear and power to the actual lineup. He brings fans to the seats and money to the team store. Swarzak brings a 94.7 MPH fastball, and reliability. Once again, it appears that the Mets will sit and stay put during the offseason. It is starting to make people angry, and for good reason.
So what can the Mets do to fix this? Well, they must first look at the holes that they need to fill. The infield is a mess. There is not a single player that you can rely on for a healthy, consistent season. Whether it be through free agency or trades, the Mets need to acquire an infielder.
Trade-wise, it would make sense to look at the fire sale known as the Miami Marlins. They acquired Starlin Castro in the Stanton trade, and there is no reason to keep a veteran like Castro on the team. Signs point to the Marlins trading Castro because of the rapid rate that they are selling other players like Marcel Ozuna and Christian Yellich. Castro bat .300 as a Yankee, and would be a great mentor to fellow Dominican infielder Amed Rosario.
Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis is reportedly on the market as well. Kipnis would fit in well, and having a manager that has seen Kipnis play on a daily basis like Callaway has will only work to the benefit of the Mets. The only downside is the 30 million that Kipnis is owed over the next two seasons, especially after the poor 2017 that he had. The two time All-Star put up a .232/.291/.414 effort in 90 games with the Indians. Before that however, Kipnis was a force to be reckoned with on the field. This rumor has traction, as the Mets have reportedly talked to the Indians about a potential trade.
In free agency, there lies the proposition of third baseman Mike Moustakas. While he would come at an expensive tag, the Mets could go for a slugger in the infield. Moustakas slugged 38 home runs for the Royals last season. Whether it be on the right or left side of the infield, the need to be aggressive has never been more pertinent for the Mets. It is frustrating seeing a team that is in a major market like New York City, while other teams build up strength around them.