Everyone is entitled to their opinion but it doesn’t mean that all opinions are equal. If your opinion is that it was a joy to watch Juan Lagares play defense – that’s a perfectly valid opinion. But, if you go past that and say something like, Lagares was so good defensively in 2019 that it didn’t matter what he hit – well, that’s beyond opinion. And quite frankly, it’s demonstrably false.
And what makes things tougher is that no one wants to hear that their opinion, well, stinks. So, you end up with people who double down on what they believe, regardless of how much evidence exists to the contrary. They’ll ignore the mountains of evidence and instead look for self-proclaimed experts who believe what they believe.
What’s to follow is – hopefully – the exact opposite of that. There are going to be a host of opinions that you can tell me how bad they are and my reaction will not to be butt hurt about it but rather all you’ll get is a shoulder shrug. Hopefully, you’ll go into this with an open mind and consider that these come from someone who cares about the Mets and that some thought has gone into them. Whether that effort has been worthwhile, well, no promises made on that score.
The Mets handled the catcher position perfectly in the 2018-19 offseason, establishing what it would cost to get J.T. Realmuto – and rejecting it. Offering a multi-year deal to Yasmani Grandal to have him reject it. And then getting Wilson Ramos on a low-cost deal.
Pete Alonso is a joy to watch and the entertainment value he delivers far exceeds his bottom-line production. But it’s entirely possible his trade value exceeds his on-field value. And the Mets would be wrong if they didn’t know what other teams would give up to acquire him. Doesn’t mean they have to pull the trigger. But they should know.
The Robinson Cano deal already ranks as one of the 10 worst trades in Mets history and it’s entirely possible that when all is said and done that it ranks second.
Someone should sit down Jeff McNeil and tell him the player he was the last two months of the season is what he should be for the rest of the career. He’ll be more valuable shooting for the OPS title rather than the AVG title.
Given what’s coming behind him, Amed Rosario should be doing everything he can to learn how to play center field.
No one should envy the task Luis Rojas faces when games resume in keeping J.D. Davis and Yoenis Cespedes happy, assuming both are ready to play full time. The only solution to get both in the lineup is to play Cespedes in LF, Davis at 3B and McNeil at 2B. And you know full well management won’t sign off on that plan. So, it’s up to Rojas to make it work.
A healthy Brandon Nimmo is the Mets’ best offensive player.
Michael Conforto has been a great draft pick, a guy who busts his tail when he’s on the field and has willingly played any OF position the team has asked. And he’s still been a disappointment somehow.
The Mets would be better if Jacob deGrom was more overt in how he helped his teammates and what he demanded from the organization as a whole. My preference, by far, is for players to focus on themselves and what they can do to improve. But deGrom is so good that he’s earned the right, and arguably the expectation, to do even more.
Marcus Stroman is a fan favorite waiting to happen.
The key to the bullpen is a healthy and dominant Dellin Betances, who would allow Seth Lugo to move to the rotation. It would be great to get 2016 Rick Porcello or 2015 Michael Wacha. But in 2020, Lugo is the best pitcher of the bunch.
Edwin Diaz may be a great bounceback candidate but he was every bit as bad in 2019 as his surface numbers indicate.
Rojas has the more visible job but the most important offseason addition was Jeremy Hefner.
Unlike Sandy Alderson, Brodie Van Wagenen hasn’t done anything to merit his smug attitude. My sincere hope is that he one day is known as the architect of a World Series winner for the Mets. Until then, my preference is he dial back his smartest guy in the room act.
Alex Rodriguez put his ego aside and moved to 3B to allow the inferior Derek Jeter to remain at SS. He needs to put his ego aside again and not expect to be a minority investor and have the final say in all matters if his group becomes the new owners of the Mets. It’s not reasonable to expect someone to contribute a billion dollars or so to the cause and then ride in the back seat.