In 2015, the New York Mets fell to the Kansas City Royals in the World Series (4-1). The following season, they fell in the NL Wild Card game to the San Francisco Giants. But over the past two seasons, they haven’t made the playoffs. They won just 70 games in 2017 before winning 77 this past season.
However, there are positives to take into the 2019 season. And the best part for the Mets is that the offseason isn’t nearly over yet. For starters, 2018 NL Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom is returning. Instead of trading fellow hurler Noah Syndergaard for Miami’s J.T. Realmuto, they went out and signed catcher Wilson Ramos to a two-year deal. Remember when the Seattle Mariners traded Robinson Canó earlier this winter? Yeah, he plays for the Mets now.
Maybe that’s why their newest GM, Brodie Van Wagenen, believes they are favorites to win the NL East in 2019.
“Internally, we would argue that we’re the favorites in the division right now,” Van Wagenen told Steve Gelbs of SNY on Tuesday.
— Steve Gelbs (@SteveGelbs) December 18, 2018
However, the Atlanta Braves — last season’s NL East champions — as well as the Phillies and Nationals continue to be active. In other words, the NL East is going to be a very competitive division in 2019. Sorry, Miami Marlins.
“We’ve done a lot of what we set out to do this offseason,” Van Wagenen adds. “We shored up the bullpen with two premium arms. We added two middle-of-the-order bats … And now we’ve added a catcher that can upgrade that position. … We’re not quitting … This is a front office and organization that will not stop,” he adds.
In the meantime, we’ll see if the Mets have anymore moves up their sleeve. The winter is young.