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Spring training is upon us, which means rosters are nearly set, which means opening day is almost here. Time to think warm thoughts.
But to get to opening day, we had to brave the offseason. And it was an offseason that didn’t feature a lot of star power on the free-agent market, so a lot of teams made a lot of moves to bolster lineups and add depth.
There’s a lot that goes into grading a team’s offseason: their 2017 goals, where they are as a franchise, the market, the fan base, etc. It’s more than just signing a player for numbers and productivity. Grading a team’s offseason is a lot like the sport itself: If you get three hits out of 10 opportunities, that’s pretty good.
Despite losing pitchers Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz to injuries during the the second half of last season, New York managed to make the postseason.
While the trio is expected to make a healthy return to a rotation with the highest projected average four-seam fastball velocity, which role will pitcher Zack Wheeler (elbow) fill on the staff after arm problems the past two seasons?
Speaking of recurring injuries, what are the Mets going to do with captain David Wright (neck, back), who has played in just 75 games the past two years? He is working his way back from a cervical discectomy and fusion surgery, but the Mets have no reason to rush him back with Jose Reyes capable of playing third base.
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Yoenis Cespedes is back on a new $110 million contract and will join Curtis Granderson in the outfield, but the final outfield spot is up for grabs this spring among Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto and Juan Lagares.