The Mets, with Steve Cohen's ownership and Sandy Alderson's return pending the approval of Cohen by MLB owners, are about to embark on an incredibly important offseason that could help shape the franchise for the next half decade.
In addition to the potential change at owner and reshaping of the front office, the Mets -- who hope to contend in 2021 -- have a handful of big on-field things they need to handle.
In no particular order, here are the five biggest items on the Mets' offseason to-do list...
Fix the center field situation
Brandon Nimmo is not a center fielder, so he shouldn't be blamed for being one of the worst defensive center fielders in baseball in 2020. Nimmo is also an elite offensive performer, so the Mets should be carving out a spot for him in left field.
The above means that New York needs to find a center fielder who can handle the position defensively and provide average or better production at the plate. That will be easier said than done, and the answer is not coming from the Mets' minor league system.
Options on the free agent market include 31-year-old George Springer and 30-year-old Jackie Bradley Jr., who had a resurgent season for the Boston Red Sox.
Extend Michael Conforto
Conforto, who can be a free agent after the 2021 season, recently spoke about the potential of signing a contract extension before that happens.
"I think we'll know more when the time comes," Conforto said. "I haven't really gone that far into the future. ... As we get closer I guess I'll get a better feel for that."
With the 27-year-old Conforto a huge part of the Mets both on the field and in the clubhouse, and with the state of their outfield very much in flux, they should do everything in their power to get him locked up before it's too late.
It's unclear what it might take, but an extension that buys out Conforto's final year of arbitration and tacks on an additional four seasons beyond 2021 could be a good starting point.
Find another ace to pair with Jacob deGrom
The Mets are sitting at home right now because of how bad their starting rotation was. And if they want to contend in 2021, they have serious work to do when it comes to fixing it.
With Noah Syndergaard's status uncertain following Tommy John surgery, multiple starting pitchers will be needed. And one of them needs to be someone who profiles as a top of the rotation starter who can slot in behind deGrom at No. 2.
If the Mets want a true ace, the only one on the free agent market will be Trevor Bauer. If they can't reel him in and want an ace, they'll have to trade for one.
Fix the catching situation
Along with the starting rotation and center field defense, catcher was the Mets' biggest glaring weakness this past season as Wilson Ramos hit 239/.297/.387 and played poor defense.
Ramos' struggles defensively, due in part to his lack of mobility, were glaring.
As is the case with Bauer being a perfect fit for the Mets' rotation, pending free agent J.T. Realmuto would be an ideal fit behind the plate.
If the Mets don't land Realmuto, they might have to get creative. Help could eventually be on the way from the farm system in the form of top prospect Francisco Alvarez, but he's probably three seasons away.
Add another elite arm to the bullpen
Edwin Diaz showed in 2020 that his disastrous 2019 was an aberration as he posted a 1.74 ERA and 1.24 WHIP while striking out 50 batters in 25.2 IP.
Beyond Diaz, though, the Mets' bullpen is not in great shape. Moving Seth Lugo back to the 'pen could help, but New York needs to add another elite reliever no matter what.
Liam Hendriks and Alex Colome are among the relievers set for free agency.