Here’s to keeping our fingers crossed that Steve Cohen gets the requisite number of votes at the forthcoming owner’s meeting. Assuming he does, what might the deeper pockets of the new ownership mean for the 2021 opening day roster?
Overall strategy: This version of the roster was designed to retain most of what the team had in place during the shortened 2020 season. The argument being those players that didn’t get off to a solid start never really had ample time to correct the issues. The season was too much of a sprint and not a distance run.
Specific Moves/Comments: There was not further contact between the team and Cespedes; his run was done. There was no effort to bring back Todd Frazier as a player, however, actions regarding him returning as the third base coach were taken. The catching tandem of Wilson Ramos and Robinson Chirinos were let go in favor of one of the two big acquisitions. Steven Matz was dealt to the Washington Nationals for a righthand-hitting outfielder, Michael Taylor. Robert Gsellman was similarly dealt to the Detroit Tigers for a second righthand-hitting outfielder, Victor Reyes.
The team devoted a lot of energy into the pursuit of J. T. Realmulto signing him to a long-term (six-year deal) at $30,000,000/per year. This made Realmulto the second highest paid player on the team behind Jacob deGrom. The Mets also let bygones be bygones and brought back Marcus Stroman on a long-term (five-year deal) at $ 18,000,000 per year. The Mets also resigned Rick Porcello to a one-year deal at $10,000,000.
Important Notes: Because of the expected recovery time of Noah Syndegaard, the Mets started the year with him on the reserve list. This allowed Seth Lugo to begin the season as a starter with Corey Oswalt getting a spot on the roster out of the bullpen. Role adjustments could be made depending on how the season develops.
The team attempted to even out their line-up by the acquisition of two right-handed outfielders.
The team’s overall perspective was that the installing of the best catcher in the game would help not only pay dividends offensively but in the overall performances of their pitching staff as well.
This strategy left room for the team to handle player salary increases as well as to begin negotiations on a long-term deal with Michael Conforto.
|Noah Syndegaard – injured*||9,700,000.00|
|J. T. Realmulto||30,000,000.00|
|Robinson Cano (2b)||24,000,000.00|
|Peter Alonso (DH/1b)||652,521.00|
|Dominic Smith (LF/1b)||578,826.00|
|Andres Gimenez (ss/2b/3b)||563,500.00|
|Armed Rosario (ss/OF)||608,780.00|
|J. D. Davis (3b/OF)||592,463.00|
|Jeff McNeil (2b/3b/OF)||616,676.00|