If it seems like there has not been much to read about the Mets this off-season, it’s because it is the slowest one in recent memory. The Mets acquired just two major leaguers this winter — Michael Cuddyer and John Mayberry. There haven’t even been many minor league signers, either.
On one hand, this is a good thing. Unlike past off-seasons, the Mets did not have many holes to fill. There were really were only two — in the outfield and at shortstop. Cuddyer fills the void in the outfield. Let’s not talk about shortstop. Past winters saw gaping holes all over the roster, especially in the bullpen, where most of the Mets major and minor league contracts were doled out.
On the other hand, while there were fewer holes to fill, the jury is still out on whether the remaining roster is good enough to win. Many people say Sandy Alderson should have acted more boldly and really shaken up the lineup in an effort to win now. The Mets were a 79-win team in 2014; will the addition of Cuddyer and Matt Harvey’s return really push them to .500 and beyond?
Alderson obviously thinks so. He had his plan and he stuck to it. We’ll see if he was right.
Incidentally, if you thought the Mets quiet off-season made for boring reading, try writing this stuff!