The playoffs are filled with teams that, for the most part, deserve to be there. Now that we are at the League Championship round, there are players that are amongst the elite in the league. The Dodgers, Brewers, Red Sox, and Astros all have players that are talented, but possess a quality that can only be traced by rings on a finger or a trophy on the mantle: winning. The New York Mets missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season, and are in need of upgrades at a multitude of positions. There are some players that would bolster their roster from the teams that are still alive in the playoffs, and hopefully get the Mets in the same spot next season.
Boston Red Sox: Craig Kimbrel
The bullpen of the Mets was an absolute disaster this season, and there is no sign that it could potentially get better. After trading away Jeurys Familia, the Mets did not have a solid lock down man. Kimbrel, the longtime division foe of the Mets, would be a fantastic option to bring to the team. With 42 saves this past season, Kimbrel will be one of the most sought after options in the reliever market this offseason. His price tag will be high, but if the Mets want to lock down more wins, they will have to pay for them.
Houston Astros: Charlie Morton
After Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Zack Wheeler, the Mets rotation falls off a little bit. Neither Jason Vargas nor Steven Matz could be trusted at this time as the four or five starter for this team. At age 35, Morton had his best professional season, pitching to a 15-3 record with a 3.13 ERA. His age will likely prohibit him from getting a large money, long term contract. This is an ideal situation for the Mets, and Morton seems like the type of player that they would gamble on.
Los Angeles Dodgers: Yasmani Grandal
The sexy, more adventurous pick here would be Manny Machado. Machado is a player that you shuffle players on your roster around for, but the two sides don’t make sense for each other. The player that would make the most sense on the Dodgers right now is Grandal. Despite his shakiness against the Brewers in game one, Grandal is a great general behind the plate. Not only would he elevate the pitchers that the Mets have on their current roster, but he could provide some pop at the plate with his 24 home runs and 68 RBIs.
Milwaukee Brewers: No one
Due to the way they are constructed, the Brewers are about to shed a couple of players that are in their upper 30’s, and all in spots that the Mets don’t need players in their upper 30’s at.
With the way that the top three of the Mets rotation performed, it is not too far-fetched that the team could compete within the division next season. It has been a while since the Mets signed a free agent that impacted the team in a positive manner, so let’s hope that the new general manager breaks the trend and starts their tenure on a high note by landing a winner.