Mets baseball is finally back

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Happy Opening Day!

Not long ago, Mets fans were entering an offseason of extreme uncertainty. We didn't know if the Mets were going to be able to retain David Wright, whose contract status at the end of 2012 would have made for a juicy story throughout the summer of 2013. For all we knew at the time, Wright was the next Jose Reyes, destined to depart the Mets for financially greener pastures at the end of the '13 season.

And, of course, we didn't know what was going to happen to R.A. Dickey. While we understood that the Mets would be wise to maximize Dickey's value in a trade, there weren't any Mets fans — at least not ones with whom I'd want to associate — who wanted to see Dickey go.

The winter went about as well as it could have gone for each of those situations, with Wright locked up for forever and Dickey traded for about as much prospect value as a team can possibly extract from a 38-year-old pitcher. With any luck, we'll see Dickey in orange and blue again after he completes his three-year deal with the Blue Jays.

The rest of the offseason was, well, it wasn't ideal. Amazin' Avenue turned into Outfield Avenue for a while there, and the team didn't make any other major moves that would help right now. There's still a long-term plan in place that makes sense, but the Opening Day roster leaves something to be desired.

In March, we had the World Baseball Classic, at least for the brief period of time in which David Wright was healthy and dominant. That was certainly a tease, and it served as a reminder that David Wright's pretty great when he has a supporting cast.

But for now, the Mets are back. Their current form may not be the most exciting we've ever seen on Opening Day, but mediocre Mets baseball is still a hell of a lot better than no Mets baseball. There's a tiny chance the team breaks out like the Orioles or Athletics did last year, but even the most likely scenario — a record a bit below .500 — seems a lot more palatable today than another six months without baseball.

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