New York Mets 2021 Offseason

Vincent Cavaniola, Sportswriter

February 23, 2021: This New York Mets offseason has been exactly what the fans wanted. Ever since billionaire and new owner Steve Cohen took over, he’s done nothing but make good moves as he also fired the old GM, Brodie Van Wagenen, and hired a new one. That new GM is Zack Scott, who used to be the assistant GM with the Boston Red Sox. He was hired January 27th by the Mets. 

The Mets amazing offseason all started with starting pitcher Marcus Stroman accepting his qualifying offer, which would bring him back for this season. A fully healthy pitching rotation would contain Jacob DeGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman, Carlos Carrasco, and Taijuan Walker, which seems to look like one of the league’s best. The Mets also shocked the MLB world by acquiring Francisco Lindor, who is one of the best shortstops in the game, and Carlos Carrasco, a decent starting pitcher. The Mets didn’t give up much for a player like Lindor. The Mets traded SS Amed Rosario, INF Andres Gimenez, P Josh Wolf, and OF Isaiah Greene. The Mets also needed a catcher and some bullpen help; they went and filled both of those needs. They signed C James McCann to a 4-year $40.6 million contract who was an all-star in 2019 and signed multiple pitchers, those pitchers being RP Trevor May, SP Taijuan Walker, RP Aaron Loup, and SP Joey Lucchesi. All these guys are solid pitchers that can get the job done. The Mets still have some work to do money-wise due to Michael Conforto’s and Francisco Lindor’s contract expiring after this season. The Mets can’t afford to have either of those players sign elsewhere after this season so hopefully both sides can come to an agreement soon. 

The Mets projected lineup looks like it’s going to bring in many runs. The lineup as of now looks like CF Brandon Nimmo, 2B Jeff McNeil, SS Francisco Lindor, 1B Pete Alonso, LF Dominic Smith, RF Michael Conforto, C James McCann, 3B J.D. Davis, and the pitcher’s spot. This lineup is one of the best Mets fans have seen in a while on paper. Hopefully all players will perform as expected this upcoming season, which starts April 1st. Manager Luis Rojas hopes the Mets can make the postseason this year for the first time since 2016. The Mets are the favorites to win the NL East division and have a 81.2% chance to make the postseason according to Fangraphs. The Mets are also ranked at number 5 in the MLB preseason power rankings.

All players and coaches have reported to the Spring Training facility in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The first Spring Training game for the Mets is on March 1st vs the Miami Marlins. The Mets face their division rival the Washington Nationals on opening day and, as of now, 2 of the top pitchers in the league will face each other: Jacob DeGrom and Max Scherzer. I wouldn’t say the Mets are World Series contenders just yet because of the defending champions the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Atlanta Braves, and the San Diego Padres, who are all amazing teams in the Mets conference. I’d really like to see a Mets vs Yankees World Series soon because it doesn’t get any better than cross-town rivals competing for the title. Mets fans, including myself, cannot wait for opening day especially because Francisco Lindor is a New York Met.