Neil Walker, Asdrúbal Cabrera, Antonio Bastardo, Alejandro De Aza
Daniel Murphy, Michael Cuddyer, Kelly Johnson.
The Mets essentially just did some touching up of their roster, and this should be a team that is just as competitive as their 90 win season last year. In their losses they made up for and really should expect more from. Murphy is a post season hero, but posted a .3 WAR compared to Walker who posted a 2.4 for the Pirates in 2015. Johnson and Cuddyer should be easily replaced by De Aza, Cabrera, and an emergence of Michael Conforto. Cabrera is also a plus in which he play short for a team that had a bunch of questions at the position.
Projected Playoff Lineup
Curtis Granderson/Juan Lagares
The major question for the Mets is now that Cespedes is paid, is he going to give you the production of last year. He has seemed to have enjoyed his summer, but the key is he makes the lineup tick. Without him they were seemingly an average offense, and his breakout in New York got them hot. That and the hope that Conforto at can expand on his first year where he hit .270 in 56 games at age 23. The good thing is that Conforto and Granderson are left handed, and Lagares, as stud defender is right, so it makes it easy to plug in Lagares for Conforto when he deals with growing pains, and give old man Grandy, now at 35 some time off. They have depth in the outfield with De Aza, depth at catcher and at first with Kevin Plawecki,who is only 25, and middle infield depth with Wilmer Flores, and Ruben Tejada. Variables like Wright and his injury past, Cespedes and his head, and even Duda and Walker have problems against right handed hitters, not to mention their infield defense should not be good at at all, it makes them an interesting team to watch, but looking back the at the lineup last year and it really progressed.
The Mets rotation is what got them to the World Series and it will be what will have them right back in the hunt. It is nice that they have a guy like Zack Wheeler, who had Tommy John last year can be eased in as a sixth man type of pitcher. If you were to eventually throw him in for Colon you have a staff with an average age of 25, four with playoff experience.
The Mets also have a prospect in Rafael Montero, who was injured in 2014, but is only 25. He will be eased back in but may see time as their key long reliever. They also added Antonio Bastardo to Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia. It should be one of the more relied on punches to shut teams down.
The Mets are here to stay. They do have some lineup questions, and a lot was clicking at the right time last year, but the addition of guys like Walker and Cabrera give them a much deeper squad. Their pitching is going to get them there and if they can keep David Wright healthy, and Cespedes is hitting they will be a top tier team.
1st in the NL East