The New York Mets had high expectations heading into the 2022 MLB regular season. They won 101 games during the regular season, but they blew a 10.5-game lead against the Atlanta Braves in the National League East. New York lost to the San Diego Padres in the National League Wild Card Round, and there are big questions with this baseball team heading into this offseason.
A lot of people placed bets on the Mets to win the World Series, but they failed to do so and let their fanbase down once again, to no surprise. The New York Mets will not be participating in the World Series 2022. Since that’s the case, what is potentially next for this franchise this offseason?
Trying To Find a DH
One of the number one priorities for the New York Mets this offseason is to find a reliable designated hitter on a night-to-night basis. General Manager Billy Eppler took a cheap route and traded for Daniel Vogelbach and Darin Ruf at the trade deadline, and it did not work out well for them.
They are going to need a full-time DH next season. One of the names that potentially comes to mind is either J.D. Martinez of the Boston Red Sox or Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox. New York can go internally also and try Mark Vientos or Francisco Alvarez at the spot next season as well.
The New York Mets need to hit the ball better with more power next season because they lacked a ton of power within this offense this season. There were a lot of fans that questioned Eppler at the trade deadline and wanted him fired for his horrendous trade deadline, but he is staying for at least another season to try and figure this out.
Now What With the Starting Pitching
Trying to build your team around starting pitching is asking for trouble, and rightfully so. They signed Max Scherzer this past offseason, and he imploded in the postseason. Chris Bassitt also imploded in the postseason. Both of these pitchers were very good in the regular season; when the pressure mounted the most, they failed.
Jacob deGrom will be a free agent, and he hasn’t been healthy over the past few years. There are major questions as to whether or not Owner Steve Cohen and the New York Mets should throw the money at him and re-sign with this baseball team. The last thing they need is to see him sign with their arch-rivals, the Atlanta Braves.
Taijuan Walker and Carlos Carrasco may not be back as well within the rotation next season. They may have to go to the free agent market and find some quality backend starting pitching as well. The only internal options the New York Mets have are Tylor McGill and David Peterson.
One of the biggest issues with this franchise is they lack homegrown talent in hitting and pitching. They need to rebuild the farm system badly, and it is going to take a while to do so.
Re-Sign Edwin Diaz and Brandon Nimmo
Two of the players the New York Mets must re-sign this offseason are closer Edwin Diaz and outfielder Brandon Nimmo. Diaz was lights out as New York’s closer this season. He will be getting a payday. If they can’t pay him, it will be typical Mets.
Nimmo is a very quality outfielder for the Mets franchise. He can play centerfield and all over the place. Brandom Nimmo is a very good leadoff hitter and is very good at working the counts as well for this baseball team. He is a very quality clubhouse guy.
Francisco Lindor and Pete Alonso Need More
Francisco Lindor and Pete Alonso carried the New York Mets offense all season long but ran out of gas. Guys like Brett Baty and others will need to help them out next season. They are going to be good once again, but another flameout in the month of September and October is unacceptable if they are going to win a World Series Title down the line when the time comes also.