It’s been a while since we saw the Mets celebrate a clincher with a little bit of the bubbly, and 2019 was as close as we’ve gotten in a while. For this AAOP, my task is to build the next Mets team that can soak in a little bit of the bubbly. I recognize that only about three people who read this are going to understand this meme, but I refuse to stray from my own brand.
The last time I did an AAOP was in 2016, coincidentally also the last time the Mets had a bubbly celebration. In that one, I traded Robert Gsellman, Marcos Molina, and Jhoan Ureña for Andrelton Simmons, and people thought I gave up too much value for Simmons. Then Simmons went on to be a down-ballot MVP candidate. The lesson here is that assessing trade value is nearly impossible because nobody actually knows anything—except for me of course, because that trade was awesome.
I have refrained from doing an AAOP the last two offseasons for a number of reasons, the main ones being:
- It’s really hard.
- I didn’t have the time.
- The Mets were bad.
- I am a lazy bum.
Thankfully, things are different this year. Well, I’m still a lazy bum, but now there is a legitimate chance to build a good Mets team for…