Imagine waking up after a long night of work, going on twitter, and seeing a tweet praising the New York Mets offseason.
Unfortunately, that’s how I started my glorious Tuesday morning. An SNY employee had the audacity to tweet that the “Mets are OBVIOUSLY having a good offseason but still really need an SP to finish the job.”
In what world are the Mets having a good offseason? Is it the recent acquisition of Todd Frazier? The same Frazier that hasn’t hit over .230 since 2015? Actually, maybe it was Adrian Gonzalez. Remember him? Nope, neither do I. The Mets brought in A- Gonz to play sparingly at first base. What happens to Dominick Smith now? With the lefty, Gonzalez likely slated to face right handing pitching, does Smith even make the opening day roster? The Mets drafted Smith with the 11th pick in the 2013 draft, and have praised him since. They love him so much that after 167 at-bats they now seem to think Adrian Gonzalez (35) is the better bet to open the 2018 season.
If those two groundbreaking acquisitions weren’t enough for Mets fans, maybe it was Anthony Swarzak. The juggernaut middle reliever with a career 4.22 ERA could be a saving grace for the Metropolitans in 2018! Yes, Swarzack had a great year in 2017 as he compiled a 2.33 ERA over 77 innings of work, but the veteran has predominately struggled for the majority of his MLB career. It will be tough to expect Swarzak to match his 2017 numbers again.
Last but not least, Jay Bruce! Bruce has been around the block in recent years, as he played for three teams in the last three years. Bruce was hideous in 2016 after the Mets acquired him from the Cincinnati Reds. However, he turned it around in 2017 hitting 28 home runs to go along with 76 RBI in 102 games. Bruce will be right back in the middle of the lineup and could put up some big numbers in 2018.
To say the Mets have “obviously” had a good offseason is fallacious. The Mets have had a C+ offseason as they still have holes throughout the roster including glaring holes at the back end of the rotation, the bullpen and at catcher. Coming into the 2017 season the Mets had serious aspirations at the World Series. They won 70 games. In 2018 the opening day roster looks weaker than it did in 2017.