Mets holes Brodie Van Wagenen should fill as GM conferences close to
Brodie Van Wagenen arrived on the common supervisor’s conferences final November as a rookie GM just one week into his job with the Mets, after spending his profession as an agent.
At that time, he nonetheless hadn’t employed high assistants Allard Baird and Adam Guttridge and was nonetheless making an attempt to determine how front-office holdovers from the final regime — Omar Minaya, J.P. Ricciardi and John Ricco — would match into the equation.
The Mets have been disjointed, and that may have performed into an offseason by Van Wagenen that produced extra misses than hits and presumably crippled the group’s future with the deal that despatched Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn to the Mariners for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz.
When the GM conferences start Monday in Scottsdale, Ariz., Van Wagenen will take pleasure in a 12 months’s expertise behind him. He can have Baird and Guttridge entrenched at his aspect, with Minaya nonetheless within the loop as an adviser (Ricciardi departed final winter for a job with the Giants and Ricco assumed a brand new function with the Mets).
The sense of stability can solely assist as Van Wagenen begins the seek for items that can enable the Mets to compete for a title in 2020. There are apparent holes that have to be addressed.
Van Wagenen has already talked about he may want to maneuver Seth Lugo or Robert Gsellman to the rotation, however even when each have been to stay within the bullpen, the Mets will want no less than one high-octane reliever, particularly given the uncertainty surrounding Diaz, who flopped final season. Drew Pomeranz, Daniel Hudson, Will Harris and Chris Martin are among the many high free brokers accessible. Final winter, Van Wagenen acquired Diaz, Jeurys Familia and Justin Wilson and struck out on two of the three (Wilson, who will return for 2020, had a stable season). That batting common has to vary.
The Mets might use a defensive improve on the place, permitting Michael Conforto to play proper subject full time, transferring Brandon Nimmo to a part-time function. Juan Lagares’ possibility was declined for 2020, and it could be stunning if the group introduced him again on a lesser deal. However gamers resembling Nimmo, Dominic Smith and even J.D. Davis may very well be used as commerce chips for a middle subject addition. Jackie Bradley Jr. and Starling Marte are names who might make sense as commerce targets.
Zack Wheeler figures to obtain loads of curiosity on the open market and sure gained’t settle for the Mets’ qualifying supply. The place will the Mets go from there? Are they prepared to supply Wheeler 4 or 5 years based mostly on the previous two seasons, wherein Wheeler was largely profitable, but typically dissatisfied? Lugo and Gsellman shouldn’t be the one choices if Wheeler departs. A veteran resembling Wade Miley might enhance the again finish, permitting the Mets to keep away from subtracting from an already questionable bullpen.