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The number one reason the New York Mets deserve an A this offseason though is not signing Carlos Correa

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the New York Mets He had the most chaotic season in MLB history and that’s no exaggeration. The Mets have signed 10 players to major league contracts this offseason, tying the 2020-2021 and 2006-2007 seasons for most signings in team history.

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The Mets have spent just under $500 million this offseason, the second most in Major League Baseball, trailing only their crosstown rival, the New York Yankees.

Steve Cohen stated when he took over as owner of the Mets that his goal was to win the World Series in 3 to 5 years and now that this is the third year the Mets owner has put all his eggs in the basket. The Mets’ payroll is currently $365 million after tax payments according to Spotrac, which is by far the highest payroll in major league history.

Carlos Correa was supposed to be the biggest splash of the Mets offseason, but after failing physically with the Mets, he opted to sign a new contract with the Minnesota Twins. Not signing Correa doesn’t mean the Mets failed this season, in fact, it was a huge success.

Simply put, the Mets are a better team in 2023 then in 2022. The Mets front office decided to make pitching staff promotion their number one priority this season, and they’ve done just that.

Billy Eppler and his staff decided to let Jacob DeGrum, Taiwan Walker, and Chris Bassett sign to other teams, but they replaced those three starters with Justin Verlander, a 2022 AL Cy Young Award winner, Kodai Senga, one of Japan’s best pitchers in the past decade, and Jose Quintana, a veteran lefty. who posted a 2.93 ERA preseason and started Game 1 of the NL Wild Card Series for the Cardinals.

The signing of these three starters propelled David Peterson and Taylor Miguel, two players who were above-average MLB pitchers in their short careers, to Triple-A, giving the Mets impressive starting depth. The Mets’ starting rotation looks a lot like last year but definitely has a higher ceiling.

The Mets also greatly improved their bases in 2023. The Mets front office re-signed baseball’s best closer, Edwin Diaz, the day after the World Series ended and raised the bar for the Bulls around him. The Mets re-signed setup man Adam Ottavino while trading Joely Rodriguez with Brooks Raley and Seth Lugo with David Robertson, two massive promotions.

Billy Ebler’s strength adds depth with real upside. The Mets’ general manager’s got interesting guns in Elieser Hernandez, Taylor Saucedo, Zach Greene, Jimmy Yacabonis, Jeff Brigham, Denyi Reyes, and Zach Muckenhirn, who all fit that profile.

Offensively, all nine Mets regular starters from 2022 return in 2023. Many expected the Mets to add a powerhouse batter to the lineup in 2023, but the Mets clearly chose not to. Much of the criticism of the Mets offense is unfair, as they led MLB in hits and scored the fifth most in 2022.

The Mets have found marginal upgrades offensively, with Tommy Pham taking over as the fourth outfielder and right-handed batter designated ahead of the terrible Darrin Ruf, and Omer Narvaez signed to platoon with Thomas Nido, replacing James McCann who was traded to Baltimore. Danny Mendyk was also signed as an extra depth of field.

We can’t forget that young kids Brett Batty, Francisco Alvarez, and Mark Vientos can all make their way onto the roster, even in starting innings, with big performances in spring training. All three have great popping at bats, which could fill a much-needed at-bat void. Most world championship contenders play important roles, as Michelle Harris in Atlanta and Jeremy Pena in Houston saw it a season ago.

The Mets won 101 games in 2022 and have an even better roster in 2023. The promotions may be marginal and not the big names, but anytime a 100-game winning roster is compiled, that offseason deserves a.

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