So far this offseason has been a much better time for the New York Mets and their fans, than the 2012 regular season ended up being.
R.A. Dickey becoming the third Mets pitcher to win the National League's Cy Young award has gone a long way towards washing away the memories of another very disappointing season in Queens.
Besides that, however, things may actually be looking up for the Mets as they enter a season in which they'll host the annual mid-summer classic.
Last season, the Mets hung around in a tough division much longer than anyone could have expected, and for the first time in years, looked like a team that had a bunch of guys that simply wanted to win. In other words, despite finishing poorly once again in 2012, last season wasn't all bad.
Things have also been looking up so far this offseason. Ownership's financial instabilities seem to be a thing of the past, the team has finally cut ties with Jason Bay, and of course, the aforementioned winning of the Cy Young award by R.A. Dickey. Watching Jose Reyes getting shipped north of the border doesn't hurt either.
Are the Mets a contending team in the NL East, not yet. However, the Marlins are much worse, the Phillies have yet to do anything to fix a team that was one of the biggest disappointments in all of baseball last year, and the Braves will be without Chipper Jones, and probably Michael Bourne. An improvement in the Mets standing in the division, while not guaranteed, is definitely possible, if smart decisions are made this offseason.