Saturday, February 27, 2021

2021 Season Preview: New York Mets

There was only one other Major League Baseball team that was more active during the offseason than the New York Mets, and it was the San Diego Padres.

Make sure to read our NL East Preview of the Philadelphia Phillies 

During the offseason, the Mets signed relievers Aaron Loup and Trevor May, catcher James McCann, outfielders Albert Almora and Jose Martinez and utility man Jonathan Villar.  They also traded for left-handed starter Joey Lucchesi from the Pittsburgh Pirates and, in a blockbuster trade, acquired shortstop Francisco Lindor and right-handed starter Carlos Carrasco from the Cleveland Indians. 

Not only were the Mets busy adding players on the field, but during the offseason, investor Steve Cohen took ownership of the team. Cohen brought back Sandy Alderson to serve as team president and then hired Jared Porter to be general manager before having to dismiss him just 37 days later when it was revealed he sexually harassed a female reporter in 2016. Assistant GM Zack Scott was named as Porter’s replacement.

Besides that drama, the Mets were also connected to almost every free agent this offseason and were rumored to be among the finalists for 2020 NL Cy Young Award Winner Trevor Bauer. 

To say that their front office was busy this offseason is a complete understatement.

Now that spring training is less than a month away, it’s time to look at how these signings and trades will affect the team. 

Pitching

This offseason, it looks like Cohen and Co.  really focused on improving the pitching rotation and adding an abundance of veteran bullpen arms.

Maybe the Mets are taking a page from the Nationals playbook and increasing their pitching depth.

Heading toward Wednesday’s report date for pitchers and catchers in Port St. Lucie, Fla., the Mets have veteran bullpen arms in Edwin Diaz, Trevor May, Aaron Loup, Miguel Castro, Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo, who was used as a starter last season. They also have former closers Jeurys Familia and Dellin Betances for now.  As recently as Thursday afternoon, a report from the New York Post indicated that the front office may be “shopping Jeurys Familia and Dellin Betances, according to an industry source, which would create roster flexibility while shedding big contracts. Familia is due $11.67 million in this final year of his contract. Betances is owed $6 million for this season.” 

Even though they will be without Noah Syndergaard at the start of the season, the Mets have a strong starting staff. Syndergaard missed all of the shortened 2020 season after undergoing Tommy John on his pitching elbow, but is expected to be back as early as this June. As of now, according to RotoChamp.com, their projected 2021 starting rotation, looks like this:

  1. Jacob deGrom
  2. Carlos Carrasco
  3. Marcus Stroman
  4. David Peterson
  5. Joey Lucchesi  

As of now, the New York Met Bullpen includes:

  1. Closer – Edwin Diaz 
  2. Setup – Miguel Castro
  3. Setup – Trevor May
  4. Relief pitchers:
  5. Seth Lugo
  6. Jeurys Familia
  7. Aaron Loup
  8. Jacob Barnes
  9. Dellin Betances
  10. Stephen Tarpley
  11. Sean Reid-Foley 

As currently composed, the New York Mets’ pitching staff is going to be very impressive, and Mets fans have a lot to be excited about provided they aren’t hit by the injury bug again this season.


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