It’s been a rough week to be a Mets fan. If you’ve been rooting for this team as long as I have, deflating injuries, disappointing performances, and demoralizing losses are not unfamiliar. It wasn’t long ago that we were riding high on the wave of a hot start. It may feel like the wheels are coming off, but here are 10 positive things you can hang your hat on. A few might even turn your frown upside down.
10 reasons for Mets fans to smile
by Matt Netter • • 9 Comments
2- Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo all have not even started arbitration yet.
3- 2018 is the last year we pay deferred money to Carlos Beltran.
4- The Yankees owe Jacoby Ellsbury $68 million, assuming a buyout of his 2021 season.
5- The Yankees, Nationals and the rest of the NL East all missed out on Shohei Ohtani.
6- The Marlins won’t be good again for a long time and, at least for now, they’re stuck with that hideous technicolor glockenspiel in centerfield.
7- The Phillies are still paying $12 million in salaries to players no longer on the team.
8- The Braves are paying current Met Adrian Gonzalez and one-time Met Scott Kazmir a combined $34 million this season.
9- Thanks to their former disgraced GM’s meddling with international signings, the Braves had to forfeit 13 signings, and give up international bonus pool money and a third round draft pick in this June’s draft. They also have a stupid looking new mascot.
10- The Nationals reign of terror is almost over. Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy, Gio Gonzalez and Ryan Madson are all free agents after this season. With Anthony Rendon hitting his final and most expensive year of arbitration and huge balloon payments due to Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, keeping this team together won’t be an option. And don’t forget, they traded away their two best pitching prospects to get Adam Eaton.