Three Moves the Mets Must Make Prior to Spring Training

With the Mets’ blockbuster trade for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz finally complete, Brodie Van Wagenen is not done refreshing this roster. With some holes still glaring on the roster glaring at the front office, these three moves should be made to help mold their roster.

Bullpen

Adding to the Mets bullpen is probably the most important move that still needs to be made. Even though the Mets did go and acquire Edwin Diaz, he can’t throw the seventh, eighth and ninth innings alone.  The free agent market for relievers this year is strong, and there are two names the Mets should pursue.

Andrew Miller is a guy worth taking a chance on. After an extremely disappointing 2018 season that was filled with injuries, Miller is a guy the Amazins’ can get for a relatively cheap price. On top of all that, the Mets do not have a legit left-handed reliever on their roster. Jerry Blevins is a free agent now, and with his horrific 2018, it could be assumed he won’t be making a return to Queens. His forgetful 2018 will make his deal a “prove it” deal, which could be short term. With all of those factors taken into consideration, the move could help Miller get back to his elite form.

Another pitcher the Mets should target is right hander Adam Ottavino. The right hander and New York native is a guy who can come in and face either right or left handed batters, and get them out. The 32-year-old had a solid 2018, finishing with a 2.43 ERA with 112 strike outs and 36 walks. He may be looking for a deal that teammate Brian Shaw received, to get that one last paycheck. The trio of Ottavino, Miller, and Diaz would be a deadly back end of the Mets bullpen.

Catcher

The catching position is something the Mets will address this offseason. With the position being in shambles for the last four years, it is time to move in a different direction. To many fans surprise, the Mets did tender Travis d’Arnaud a contract, bringing him back for the 2019 season, but as we all know, he isn’t the answer.

With Yan Gomes now off the board, it leaves Yasmani Grandal and Wilson Ramos in the free agent pool, and J.T. Realmuto via trade. Realmuto as an option may be out since there were reports that the Marlins asked for either Michael Conforto or Brandon Nimmo via trade, and those two guys are vital to the Mets’ roster for 2019.

Although Ramos can hit for power and is pretty good defensively, his injury history may be a red flag for the Mets, so that leaves Yasmani Grandal. The former Dodgers backstop is an average bat, hitting at a .241/.349/.466 clip with 24 homers and 68 RBI’s in 140 games. His defense is pretty solid as well, although the NLCS from this past postseason may state otherwise. He finished the season with nine defensive runs saved (Rdrs), a stat that he was in the top tier of for catchers. Although either Grandal or Ramos would suffice behind the plate, Grandal may be the more consistent option.

Centerfield

The last big spot that needs to be filled is centerfield. With Yoenis Cespedes out indefinitely and Jay Bruce on a plane to Seattle, it moves Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo to the corner outfield spots. Sure Juan Lagares could be there every day, but the former Gold Glove Award winner cannot stay on the field either. A.J Pollock is the biggest name on the market with Adam Jones right behind him. Both would be great fits with the Mets.

A.J. Pollock, when healthy, is one of the best center fielders in baseball, but that is only when he is healthy. The 30-year-old has only played more than 140 games once in his career, and the year he did (2015), he won a Gold Glove and was an all-star. If he can stay healthy, he would be a great addition to the outfield defensively and the line up offensively.

Adam Jones could be considered ol’ reliable to whoever he does sign with. Jones has been the face of the Baltimore Orioles alongside Manny Machado since he arrived in Baltimore. Jones hit at a .281/.313/.419 clip in 2018. But his defense ability is something to be amazed by. He is a four-time Gold Glove winner and can cover a lot of ground out there. Jones is a solid signing wherever he ends up.

The Mets got the ball rolling on the 2018 offseason with the acquisition of Diaz and Cano, and they don’t seem to be done. If they go out and fill the holes they need to, they could surprise a lot of people in 2019.

*Photo: USA Today

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