Though they didn’t make the playoffs, the Mets had a reasonably successful 2019. Pete Alonso took home Rookie of the Year, Jacob deGrom won the Cy Young for a second straight year, and several other young players blossomed into major contributors. At the same time, there was plenty of bad, chief among them being the Braves winning the division and the Nationals winning the World Series while the Mets sat at home in October.
(Odd to make the Mets the evil Maiar in this analogy, but work with me here.) If the Mets want to get past their major obstacles
on the Bridge of Khazad-Dûm in the NL East, some improvements will have to be made without much of a budget. Let’s get to work.
The Mets have a very full arbitration class this year, with nine players eligible. Eight of those nine will be tendered contracts, with Joe Panik the lone non-tender. Panik was a useful piece down the stretch, but his offense has been extremely limited for several years, and a $5 million backup infielder is not in our budget.