Another Mets season is behind us, and another offseason is here in which us faithful fans of the orange and blue sit and wonder what it’ll take to finally get it right next year. As for the main needs to get back to the postseason in 2018, here is my wish list.
- A young analytical-minded manager (accomplished): Terry Collins has without a doubt served the game honorably for decades, and his seven-year tenure as Mets skipper in which New York won a pennant will always be appreciated. But the time is here for NYM to bring on a leader who can think in the mindset of the modern manager, and bring a change of ideology to a clubhouse in dire need of a shakeup. Former Indians pitching coach and newly hired manager Mickey Callaway seems like a good fit to do that on paper, so hopefully Sandy Alderson hit a home run with this one.
- Strengthen the middle of the bullpen: If I had to pick one key moment in which things really began to crumble for the Mets in 2017, it would have to be the injury of closer Jeurys Familia. Addison Reed held down the closer role solidly until being traded to Boston, but the rest of the pen seemed unable to handle being shifted into new roles. The Mets must bolster their pen and lockdown the innings leading up to Familia time.
- Bring on a legitimate offensive threat: Michael Conforto and Yoenis Cespedes definitely are some pretty solid cornerstones in building a strong lineup, but outside of this outfield pair New York has a ton of question marks. Youngsters Dominic Smith and Amed Rosario can’t quite be expected to carry the lineup just yet. Neither Juan Lagares or Travis d’Arnaud have shown any sign that they can stay healthy and hit consistently. If his option is picked up, Asdrubal Cabrera is nothing beyond a quality utility player. The Mets must bring on another veteran bat who can hit for average and power if they intend to be serious contenders next season.
- A reliable veteran starting pitcher: As all of the young arms fell like flies and the Mets struggled to fill the holes in their rotation, New York learned the importance of having a veteran starter like Bartolo Colon to make 30 quality starts over the course of a season. The Mets need to find a way to pickup a piece of Colon’s ilk so we aren’t forced to suffer through another 18 starts of Rafael Montero, who went 5-11 and walked 67 in 119 innings. Could we possibly see the return of R.A. Dickey? A man can dream…