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AAOP: Let the Kids Play

David Stearns! He's here! How exciting. Unfortunately, he has a problem that no front office executive has ever had before: How do you improve a $350 million dollar 75 win team? Steve said in August that he thinks next year's expectations will be a lot lower, and I certainly won't be able to argue that. That being said, I'm sure he doesn't want to continue to break MLB spending records while struggling to get 80 wins.

Max Scherzer after he was traded said the Mets FO told him that 2024 was a transition year. If that is true, it was told to him by Eppler, who is donezo, so that easily could be a big nothing burger. BUT, I think in order to really plan for 2025 and onward, Stearns and the rest of this new regime need to see what they're working with right now. Time to Let the Kids Play.

IN HOUSE DECISIONS:

Extensions:

  • 1B Pete Alonso (8 years, $184 million, bypassing arbitration in 2024 at $23m)

Arbitration:

  • Tender: Trevor Gott ($2m), Drew Smith ($2.3m), Luis Guillorme ($1.7m), Joey Lucchesi ($1.6m), David Peterson ($2m), DJ Stewart ($1.5m)
  • Non-Tender: Daniel Vogelbach, Jeff Brigham, Phil Bickford, Sean Reid-Foley (everyone else I believe was outrighted already).

Options:

  • Club: Brooks Raley - Exercised ($6.5m)
  • Player: Omar Narvaez - Exercised ($7m), Adam Ottavino - Declined

40-Man Internal Additions:

  • RHP Justin Jarvis, RHP Joander Suarez, RHP Brendan Hardy, INF Jeremiah Jackson, INF Luke Ritter, OF Brandon McIlwain, RHP Coleman Crow (to move to 60-IL)

Based on Pete's performance and the contracts of his fellow 1st basemen, I think a perfect number for him is 7/155. Boras will make sure he gets more than Olson because that's how it goes. This Mets lineup has always gone as Pete goes, and it will continue to do so for the next 8 seasons. This contract may be Bad News Bears by year 5, but hopefully there's a new banner to show for it.

FREE AGENCY:

  • SP Yoshinobu Yamamoto: 8 years, $200 million, player-opt after 2027 (AI pic! Fun!)
  • SP Sonny Gray: 4 years, $92 million, mutual-opt after 2026

Stearns and Cohen dip their toe back into the NPB pool and get the dominant Yamamoto to join fellow countrymen Senga in Queens. Gray got a QO (boo), and his last year w/ NYY featured a 6.98 ERA at Home, but Stearns twice tried to lure Gray to Milwaukee, third try's the charm.

  • RP Reynaldo Lopez: 3 years, $27 million
  • RP Phil Maton: 2 years, $16 million
  • RP Brent Suter: 1 year, $6 million
  • SP Eric Lauer: 1 year, $3 million
  • SP Chase Anderson: Minor League Deal

Fixing the bullpen purely with the checkbook here. The BP was incredibly thin after Ottavino opted out, and it would be nice not to thrust Diaz into an insane workload after the year off. Lopez and Maton join Raley to handle the high leverage. Suter, Lauer and Anderson have all been on Stearns' MIL teams in the past, and fill needs in SP depth, and a contingency if Raley goes down.

TRADES:

  • NYM acquire OF Tyrone Taylor from Milwaukee for RHP Brandon Sproat
  • NYM acquire OF Estevan Florial and RHP Chalniel Arias from New York for OF DJ Stewart
  • NYM acquire 3B Jace Peterson from Arizona for RHP Joshua Cornielly

One OF in and one OF out, opting for some more positional versatility with Taylor and Florial over Stewart. MIL has a logjam of OFs with Frelick, Wiemer, Mitchell, Yelich, Perkins, Taylor, and Chourio on the way. NYY needs a LHH corner OF (Cashman said so). Jace probably won't be forcing himself into the lineup but can play a solid 3rd base and would be a good veteran for Baty/Vientos/Mauricio.

2024 NEW YORK METS

Nothing flashy this year. This lineup doesn't have the same shine it might have had last Spring Training, but I think it behooves the Mets to find out what they have with the Kids. Alvarez, Baty, Vientos and Mauricio all have full-time roles and they will get a chance to succeed or fail. Same goes for Megill (and Peterson before he got hurt) who will both sort of be the 5th starter. Admittedly not a ton of lineup depth so an injury may be a bit of an issue, but there is some homegrown minor league talent on the 40 worth trying out. Also, only 38 guys on the 40 at the moment, a little flexibility never hurt anybody. Arizona only needed 84 wins to reach the Fall Classic, who knows what could happen. In Steve and Stearns we trust.

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