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Prospect Matt Harvey will see an increased role this year.
It’s been an increasing disappointment for New York Mets fans over the past five years. While in rebuilding mode, they have fallen to the gutter of the NL East.
After trading Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey, the Mets have replaced him with Shaun Marcum. Though they haven’t made big headlines this offseason, they have made some beneficial moves, adding Collin Cowgill and John Buck.
They have also parted ways with headache Jason Bay.
In a recent New York Post article by Mike Puma, Daniel Murphy commented on the moves his team made:
While it may not be big league free-agent splashes that we’ve made so far, I think we’ve added some pieces that definitely are going to help us.
Heading into spring training, the Mets aren’t expected to make an impact in the competitive NL East. It will be interesting to see if any other moves are made before Opening Day.
Reports (via Ken Davidoff, New York Post) have the Mets signing reliever Brandon Lyon, and they just added veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd.
Ike Davis will look to continue his strong performance from after last year's All-Star break; he cranked 20 home runs in the second half. Davis is the biggest home run threat in the Mets' lineup and intends to have more energy entering the season.
While their bullpen remains a concern, the Mets have begun to fill in their needs. Signing LaTroy Hawkins, Scott Atchison and Pedro Feliciano to minor league deals have the potential to be highly rewarding. (Feliciano took $8 million from the Yankees the last two years without pitching an inning.)
Pitching prospect Matt Harvey, who has all of 10 career starts, is going to have a major role in the rotation. It may be optimistic, but Harvey feels this team can win now (h/t Peter Botte, New York Daily News):
As players, we’re not looking at this as rebuilding for next year or the year after. It’s now, it’s this year, and we feel like we can win and we’re going to do everything we can to play into October.
Because the Mets' expectations are considerably low, I think they will exceed those expectations and have a positive year. While I don’t think they have a playoff team, it could wind up being a tough series for any opponent.
It’s time for the Mets to get back on track and give their fans something to look forward to.