The New York Mets will wrap up another disappointing season this week. There were, however, some things to be proud of in 2012.
The Mets will not lose 90 games. Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in the history of the franchise, and R.A. Dickey should be considered the favorite to win the NL Cy Young Award.
In the first half of 2012, this young team showed that it would fight for manager Terry Collins. After the All-Star break, the season spiraled downward, and the Mets ended up exactly where many of their fans expected them to finish.
Next season, unfortunately, is probably not going to look much different. The pitching will be solid again. The Mets just don't have the bats to get the job done, and the front office has given no indication that it intends to make any splashes this offseason.
That doesn't mean that Mets fans have nothing to look forward to next year. There are players on the roster who fans should be excited to see more of next year. Here is a list highlighting five of them.
Note: For the purposes of this article, I will assume that the Mets will re-sign R.A. Dickey and David Wright in the offseason. If they deal either one, the immediate future of this franchise will look very bleak.