It has been seven years since the New York Mets made the MLB postseason and they have reached the playoffs just twice this century. 2012 was not kind to the Mets as they were a fourth place team winning just 74 games. With the NL East shaping up to be one of the best divisions in baseball, the sorrow of another sub-par season is starting to linger.
Heading into the offseason, the Mets were rumored to be selling R.A Dickey, however I didn’t think the team would deal their ace after a Cy-Young season. To my surprise, Dickey was sent to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for C Travis d’Arnaud, C John Buck, OF W. Becerra, and RHP N. Syndergaard. The biggest get for the Mets this offseason was probably Sean Marcum who had a good year with the Milwaukee Brewers, but he has had difficulties staying healthy in years prior. Johan Santana can no longer be relied upon as an ace, so someone is going to have to step up in the rotation if they want to compete in their division.
This will be Terry Collins third season at the helm and he has been surrounded with underachieving players since walking in the door. Hopefully, something will click as Collins can ill-afford to have another season at the bottom of the National League. Don’t be surprised if the Mets remove Collins after this season given his 151-173 record with the ball club.
A silver lining for this organization could be the fact that Santana’s hefty contract comes off of the books after this season and they will be able to throw some cash at free agents moving forward. We have seen it in the past, when teams are able to completely rid themselves of a few bad free agent signings and that is were the Mets are heading.
However, it is going to get worse before it gets better as the Mets will struggle to win 70 games this season, winding back up in fourth place this year.