By: Michael Porter
The New York Mets will head into the 2020 season with the goal of breaking a three year playoff drought. The several high-profile acquisitions that the team made last winter largely disappointed during their Queens debuts. With those players still counting against the salary cap, General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen was far less aggressive in his second offseason as the Mets’ decision maker.
The team made some low-risk, high-reward signings this winter by bringing in the trio of Dellin Betances, Michael Wacha and Rick Porcello on reasonable salaries. A flurry of minor league signings compose the rest of the Mets’ offseason activity, however a managerial change was what really consumed most of the team’s attention.
Manager Mickey Calloway was fired following an underwhelming 2-year run as the skipper of the team. Former star outfielder Carlos Beltran was reunited with the fans in Queens when the Mets agreed to hire him as the club’s next manager. Unfortunately, less than two weeks into his Mets (managerial) tenure, Beltran’s name came up in the Houston Astros’ infamous sign-stealing scandal, and he was immediately cut loose by the team. Once again, the Mets were without a manager, and with Spring Training right around the corner, they had to act quick in finding a replacement. Just days later, minor league coach Luis Rojas was named the manager of the team. Rojas is loved by the players already as he coached several of the Mets’ stars in the minor leagues.
The club is certainly hoping for bounceback seasons from the trio of pitchers that they signed this winter in addition to a few of their everyday players who didn’t look quite right in 2019. At 86-76 on the final day of play, the Mets finished just 3 games shy of a playoff berth last September. Although there is justifiable uncertainty about this team, there is certainly reason for optimism in Queens heading into the 2020 season.