New York Mets: Team Has Not Scratched the Surface of Their Problems

The New York Mets have been aggressive this offseason, however, it’s important to remember the warnings that come with trying to fix problems with a band-aid.

The Mets traded for Robinson Cano and closer Edwin Diaz. The team also signed reliever Jeurys Familia to a three-year deal.

New York struggled to pitch last season in part because of all the young arms they had in their bullpen and rotation.

Veterans like Jerry Blevins (4.85 ERA) and Jason Vargas (5.77 ERA) each had a terrible 2018 campaign.

Jacob deGrom captured the Cy Young Award, but Noah Syndergaard missed time last season due to injury.

Syndergaard also missed some games due to hand, foot and mouth disease.

The Mets can fight for a playoff spot, but to say that things will be peachy and sparkling is making too much of New York’s current situation.

Diaz and Familia can be building blocks in the Mets bullpen, but what about the other relievers?

You can’t have Diaz and Familia pitch multiple innings every night, it’s not ideal. The other players have to step up, but that can take time.

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Robert Gsellman posted a 4.28 ERA last season and Drew Smith, 25, tallied a 5.02 ERA in his last 15 games of ’18.

The Mets lineup has plenty of holes to fill as Yoenis Cespedes is recovering from two heel surgeries this offseason. The 33-year old has played in 119 games the past two seasons.

Todd Frazier is a nice role player, but he hit .213 a season ago.

Amed Rosario (.256 average, 142 hits) and Brandon Nimmo (.263, 17 homers) took a positive step in their development at the big league level but will need a better supporting cast around them.

With all the improvements the Mets need to make it’s wrong to throw money around and expect to contend.

The Philadelphia Phillies kept signing players after their last playoff appearance in 2011, but it didn’t help the franchise in the long run.

The Detroit Tigers kept making deals to contend, but they, currently, don’t have much minor league talent to utilize and are still paying an aging Miguel Cabrera (owed $154 million, could be FA in 2024).

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The Mets clearly want to become a playoff contender and create a positive buzz at Citi Field, however, it’s important to start from the ground up and make a strong farm system, before making deals for guys that will not help them win a lot of games next year and beyond.

deGrom is already 30-years old and trade rumors have been surrounding Syndergaard since last season.

It’s not easy to come to the realization that rebuilding is the right thing to do, but the Mets have seen countless examples as to why it’s the way to go.

After a couple years, rebuilding clubs can find themselves in the thick of the playoff discussion once again. So the Mets don’t need to worry unless new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen continues to delay the inevitable.

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