Ben Zobrist has agreed to terms with the Cubs on a four-year, $56 million deal. He had been courted heavily by the Mets, who made no secret that he was their top target over the past few weeks.
With that, the Mets will have to adjust their offseason plan. Zobrist would have been a welcome addition since he should hit well and could take Daniel Murphy's place at second base and fill in at other positions occasionally. The Mets are probably best-suited to fill the hole at second base with internal options, the most appealing of which might be Dilson Herrera, who hit very well in Triple-A Las Vegas in 2015.
The Mets could use help in the middle infield, center field, in the bullpen, and on the bench. Here's hoping that missing out on Zobrist doesn't mean the team will be content with its roster as presently constituted and acquires players to make them legitimate contenders again in 2016.