The winter meetings have come to an end and one of the most active teams was the New York Mets. New General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen assured Mets fans that the team will be more competitive moving forward. The recent moves the team has made proves, within the couple of weeks, says he (Van Wagenen) is for real about changing the culture in Queens.
The team came to terms to acquire former Yankee and Mariner Robinson Cano and Edwin “Sugar” Diaz. Cano will be returning to the tristate area where he started his career. Although he was suspended 80 games last year and getting up in age, Cano still provides a very good bat in the Mets lineup. The prize piece in the trade was Diaz, 24, who led the league in saves for Seattle with 57 and who has established himself as one of the best closers in the game. The team also reunited with their former closer and now setup man to Diaz by re-signing Jeurys Familia to a three-year/$30 million deal. Familia finished last year with the Oakland Athletics. The main target for the Mets this winter was getting a catcher. The team has been in talks in trading for Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto. Unfortunately, talks broke down, but the team was able to sign catcher Wilson Ramos. Ramos is just two years removed from a 30-home run All-Star campaign.
According to the new Mets GM, the team is ready to win now and are good enough to compete for the National League East crown. Their pitching rotation is solid, led by the reigning Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom and flamethrower Noah Syndergaard. It is unknown whether the team has explored a significant interest in either Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, who are the “cream of the crop” in this year’s free agency. Mets fans should be very happy with this rebuilding process thus far. If you ask the team’s new GM, he’s building this team to win now and towards a promising future at Citi Field.
Sports Notes: (Basketball) Look out, the Brooklyn Nets have won 6 games in a row! (As we go to press after Tuesday night’s win.) Two of those wins included victories over LeBron James and the Lakers, and the first-place Toronto Raptors. Are they good enough to make the playoffs in the East? E-mail me at Castroeddie714@gmail.com and let’s talk about it!