The 50-55 New York Mets are highly unlikely to contend this year, having traded aces Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander plus closer David Robertson.
Even if they could theoretically make a run, they might not have the pieces to do it.
While it’s definitely disappointing for fans to watch how the roster they built for a 2023 championship run unravels, the future is getting more and more exciting by the day.
New York managed to overhaul its farm system with the additions from the trade deadline.
According to Mets insider Anthony DiComo, they now have two options.
“It cannot be overstated how thoroughly the Mets have transformed their franchise in a matter of days. They now have two options before them: go heavy in free agency again this winter to try to compete in 2024 (difficult), or take a gap year and come out guns blazing in 2025,” he tweeted.
It cannot be overstated how thoroughly the Mets have transformed their franchise in a matter of days. They now have two options before them: go heavy in free agency again this winter to try to compete in 2024 (difficult), or take a gap year and come out guns blazing in 2025.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) August 1, 2023
The second half is actually going to be more important than people think in Queens.
It should help the Mets determine who has a future in the organization and who doesn’t.
It’s a perfect opportunity to give MLB-ready prospects such as Brett Baty, Mark Vientos, Francisco Alvarez, and others all the playing time they can handle.
It’s important to know that before making any decisions on the future of the franchise.
If the Mets’ youngsters develop into bona fide contributors, there is a path to make a couple of splashes in free agency and compete in 2024.
If they don’t like what they see from this point until the end of the regular season, they could use 2024 as another developmental year, stock up on prospects through trades and the draft, and make a serious run in 2025.
In any case, this team should be competitive in one or two years: highly competitive.
2023 is now unrealistic, but the future got a bit more exciting for Mets fans even if some of them still don’t realize it.
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