The New York Mets are on the verge of missing the postseason in 2021.
The year looked promising for the Mets for a good chunk of the season, but the wheels fell off the wagon in August.
The team is still fighting, but in all likelihood, New York will be home for the playoffs.
If that’s the case, the organization’s focus will shift to the 2022 season in about a month.
The Mets are going to have a lot of work to do this offseason if they want to return as contenders next year.
There are a lot of ways the organization could approach things this offseason, but however you spent it, there are three moves in particular that the team should prioritize.
3. Re-Sign Noah Syndergaard To A One-Year “Prove-It” Deal
Noah Syndergaard‘s future is somewhat of a mystery.
The flamethrower hasn’t appeared in a big-league game since 2019 due to Tommy John surgery.
When he’s at his best, he’s one of the most electric pitchers in the game.
For his career, he has a 3.31 ERA, 2.92 FIP, and 1.16 WHIP.
The big question is this: Will he look like his former self upon his return from surgery?
Only time will tell.
Here's Noah Syndergaard, post-Tommy John surgery, throwing a bullpen session at Mets camp. pic.twitter.com/ApjEJQVXlo
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) February 24, 2021
The best way forward for all involved parties is likely for Syndergaard to sign a one-year “prove-it” deal with New York.
It’ll give the Mets a chance to gauge whether or not the righty still has what it takes to be an effective big-league pitcher, and it’ll also give Syndergaard a chance to prove to the organization that he’s worthy of a multi-year deal.
2. Re-Sign Marcus Stroman
Marcus Stroman has been a major bright spot for the Mets this season.
At 30, he’s having arguably the best year of his career.
The righty has a 2.85 ERA, 3.40 FIP, and 1.13 WHIP over 28 starts.
He has stayed healthy all year long and has been the team’s most reliable starter.
The problem is, he’s playing on a one-year deal.
New York can’t afford to lose Stroman to free agency after the season ends.
The Mets need to make a serious financial commitment to the former first-round pick and show him that they want him around for the foreseeable future.
1. Let Javier Baez Walk And Pursue An Infielder In Free Agency
By almost every measure, the Javier Baez era isn’t working out in New York.
With the Mets, he’s batting just .214 with a .695 OPS, health has been a concern, and he made some waves by calling out the fanbase last week.
"They've got to be better," Javier Báez said of the Mets' fan base.
His full comments on the team deciding to "boo" back at fans: pic.twitter.com/EgoMXhzZcD
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) August 29, 2021
For a player that has only been with the team for a month, that’s a long list of negatives.
The upcoming free-agent class is loaded infield talent.
The Mets desperately need some offensive upgrades, and they’re going to have a chance to check that box this offseason.
New York should do everything in its power to make sure one of those stars lands in a Mets uniform.