Flushing, New York is next on our list as we meet the Mets! Things are looking up for New York’s other team as they had one of the better offseasons of any team in baseball. Hopefully the Mets’ additions will help launch them into contention.
Key Additions: Francisco Lindor, Carlos Carrasco, Trevor May, James McCann, José Martínez, Taijuan Walker, Johnathan Villar
Key Subtractions: Jed Lowrie, Robinson Chirinos, Wilson Ramos
The first thing I want to make mention of are a few guys I left off of the key additions list. Joey Lucchesi, Sean Reid-Foley, and Jordan Yamamoto are three pitchers that could have an impact on the roster this season. All three are in their mid-20’s and have a chance to be solid pitchers. None of them are studs, but being able to bring all three of these guys in brings a lot of depth to the back end of the Mets’ rotation. With as much star power New York saw added, it may be additions on the fringes like these three that could help take them over the top.
With that being said, teams win with stars and this team has a bonafide superstar at a premier position in Lindor. Francisco is one of the best shortstops in the game right now. The trade the team swung with Cleveland was a complete success because of the fact they added in someone of Lindor’s caliber. The Mets have talent, but being able to add a 4-time All-Star to the mix makes this team a deadly force. Francisco is good for 30 homers and 20 steals a year as a switch-hitter while playing Gold-Glove level defense at short. There are a handful of guys in league history that you can say that about. His addition alone makes the Mets a team capable of winning it all.
Fortunately for Mets fans, Lindor isn’t all they got this offseason. Cookie Carrasco came with Fransisco in the Cleveland deal and he may be the guy that makes this the best rotation in baseball. He has a career ERA+ of 114 with it dipping below 125 once in the last five years. It was at 90 in 2019 but you can give the guy a mulligan since he battled leukemia that year. He will fall in line behind DeGrom and Thor, making for a three-man rotation no one will want to face come October. Taijaun Walker was also added to the rotation recently and could make some noise. He had two injury-riddled seasons in 2018 and 19 but bounced back big time last year. He projects to be the number five starter behind the three previously mentioned starters and Marcus Stroman. Walker’s inclusion makes the Mets have one of the best rotations in baseball on paper. The only team to have their projected starting rotation to have five pitchers with a career ERA+ of 108 or higher is the Dodgers.
All the other additions will more than likely prove to be good moves. McCann has had his best two offensive seasons in the last two years, May has been solidly above average for the past three seasons, and Villar and Martínez add a lot of depth to the roster. There’s a lot of depth with loads of veteran talent on this roster due to the acquisitions made during the winter. Teams with high-profile names and older guys usually fare well and make it to the playoffs so the Mats have a lot going for them in 2021.