Mets' Biggest Winners and Losers of the Offseason so Far

Shale BriskinContributor IIIDecember 31, 2013

Mets' Biggest Winners and Losers of the Offseason so Far

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    The New York Mets have already made some significant free-agent signings during the offseason but may still be trying to make a big trade or two to make the team even better. The Mets' offseason is not done by any means right now, so after 2014 begins, more transactions could very well happen.

    Here are the three biggest winners and three biggest losers from the Mets' offseason thus far.

    Statistics are courtesy of Baseball Reference.

Winner No. 1: Curtis Granderson

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    The Mets' biggest signing of the offseason thus far was the four-year, $60 million contract to veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson. He will add some much-needed power, speed and veteran leadership to a young Mets team in need of all of the above.

    At 32 (33 in March), Granderson got a big payday and a multi-year contract that could possibly take him to the end of his career.

Loser No. 1: Eric Young Jr.

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    The additions of Granderson and Chris Young could very well push reigning National League stolen base champion Eric Young Jr. to the bench this season unless any other moves are made.

    Despite the 46 stolen bags, Young's season was not particularly great. He hit .249 with an OBP of just .310. For all the speed that he has, a .310 OBP is just not good enough.

    It will be interesting to see if the Mets try to find a way to get Young in the starting lineup on a regular basis, or if they are more content with having him on the bench as added depth.

Winner No. 2: Bartolo Colon

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    At 40 years old, veteran hurler Bartolo Colon pitched well enough last season to earn a new two-year contract from the Mets earlier in December. Colon was 18-6 with a career best 2.65 ERA in 2013 and made only his third All-Star team in his 16-year career.

    The Mets will depend on Colon to be a solid veteran presence in the rotation, which also includes younger starters such as Zack Wheeler, Jon Niese and Dillon Gee.

    Colon is a winner because it's very rare for a 40-year-old player to get a multi-year contract, but he certainly has pitched well enough to deserve it.

Loser No. 2: Matt Harvey

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    One of the Mets' most significant players from 2013 will unfortunately not be a part of the 2014 team—at least actively. That would be Matt Harvey, who is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery, which will cause him to miss the entire 2014 season.

    Harvey had a great first full season in the major leagues, with a 9-5 record, a 2.27 ERA and 191 strikeouts in only 26 starts. He became one of baseball's biggest new phenomenons in the process and should still have a bright future ahead of him, despite already undergoing Tommy John surgery this early in his career.

    Instead of helping lead the Mets to more success in 2014, Harvey will instead be on the sidelines rehabilitating and working hard to get back into shape for 2015.

Winner No. 3: Terry Collins

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    The Mets may have made some significant signings with their outfield and pitching staff, but one other notable signing should not be forgotten.

    Mets manager Terry Collins was given a two-year contract extension after the end of the 2013 season. Despite leading the Mets to a combined 225-261 record since he got the job prior to the 2011 season, Collins apparently did well enough to have the Mets' front office keep believing in him.

    Collins should definitely be thrilled about this, especially because the Mets could have even more young talent in Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero and others come up and help the team improve even more.

    The future has been looking brighter each year, and Collins is a big winner for getting the opportunity to lead the Mets hopefully back to the postseason for the first time since 2006.

Loser No. 3: Jeremy Hefner

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    Harvey is not the only 2013 Mets pitcher that will miss 2014 due to a significant injury. Jeremy Hefner's 2013 season ended even earlier than Harvey's, with an elbow injury of his own that required Tommy John surgery.

    Like Harvey, Hefner will almost certainly miss the entire 2014 season as well. The Mets, though, decided to non-tender Hefner and ended up signing him back to a minor league contract as he recovers from surgery. This was very likely done to save money and use it elsewhere for the upcoming 2014 season.

    Hefner went 4-8, with a 4.34 ERA and 99 strikeouts in 23 starts this past season.