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While their roster is still incomplete, the Mets' offseason is being severely underrated by many.
Part of that is due to the fact that their biggest moves -- acquiring Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco in one fell swoop -- happened via trade and not free agency, where many fans expected new owner Steve Cohen to flex his financial muscle.
For some reason, flashy free agent signings seemingly make fans happier than big trades. That's been especially true this offseason, when lots of fans were under the false impression that the Mets were going to sign not only one, but two of the biggest free agents out there.
Still, while the Mets have done a very good job turning themselves into serious contenders, it's fair to say that the offseason to this point has been a bit underwhelming -- not because they didn't add more stars, but because there are glaring needs that have still not been addressed.
With spring training underway, here are four needs the Mets could -- and really should -- address between now and Opening Day...
Add one more starting pitcher
The addition of Carlos Carrasco was big and will help the Mets form a top three along with Jacob deGrom and Marcus Stroman. But the rotation, with David Peterson and Joey Lucchesi currently projected as its other two members, needs more help.
Yes, there are depth options such as Jordan Yamamoto. And yes, the Mets can hope that Noah Syndergaard will be back around June 1.
But a team with World Series aspirations cannot be content entering the season this thin in the rotation.
Jake Odorizzi and Taijuan Walker remain on the free agent market, and the Mets should nab one of them -- or address the rotation via trade.
Bolster the bullpen with Seth Lugo out
The Mets were still searching for relief help before they learned Seth Lugo would miss the start of the season due to minor elbow surgery. And his injury makes adding another reliever even more vital.
Among the players still available in free agency is Trevor Rosenthal, who was brutal in 2019 and terrific in 2020. It would be a high-risk, high-reward move, but it's one the Mets can afford to make.
SNY's Andy Martino reported on Tuesday that in addition to searching for pitching help that the Mets have also been calling teams about potential trades for third basemen.
The Mets being open to adding a third baseman makes sense, with J.D. Davis' defensive shortcomings at the hot corner making him a less than ideal fit there.
Potential options via trade include Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs and Eugenio Suarez of the Cincinnati Reds.
If the Mets don't play Davis at third base and decide to go in-house there, Luis Guillorme could be a fit.
Center field, arguably the Mets' biggest need, is listed last only because the team is in a difficult spot due to the continued uncertainty regarding the universal DH.
Simply stated, Brandon Nimmo should not be in center field, where he does not profile defensively. The issue is that if the Mets want Dom Smith's bat in the lineup -- and he needs to be in there -- Nimmo is stuck playing center in a world without a universal DH.
But if the league and players come to an agreement on the universal DH for this season and Jackie Bradley Jr. is still a free agent, the Mets should pounce.
If the Mets add Bradley, Nimmo can play left, Smith can be the DH or play first base, and Pete Alonso can play wherever Smith doesn't. The recently-signed Kevin Pillar, whose defense in center has been declining, fits best as a fourth outfielder.