- Who are you most looking forward to in Spring Training?
Del Alba: OF Prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong. Our future CF! He’s no Jared Kelenic, but there’s still some hype to his name. We missed out on his debut due to the minor league season being canceled due to COVID-19.
Gem Tablak: RHP Sam McWilliams. The righty signed a MLB deal with the Mets and has yet to pitch an inning at the the level. While that me be the case, McWilliams had offers from half of the league. So it’s going to be great to see him perform and make his eventual MLB debut.
Corne Hogeveen: RHP Matt Allen. I’m a pitching fan and Allen is the primier prospects we have pitching wise. I can’t wait to get a closer look at what he is capable. Reading the MPH, watching the spin and his controll.
- Who will the Mets add before opening day as a MLB deal? (Written before Walker deal)
Del Alba: RHP Jake Odorizzi. Mets find themselves in need of a 5th starter and a reunion between Odorizzi, May, and pitching coach Hefner seems to be a good fit.
Gem Tablak: I’d have to guess that the Mets are done giving out Major League contracts. A whopping 73 players have been invited to Spring Training and I’m quite certain that 75 is the maximum you can invite.
Corne Hogeveen: RHP Taijuan Walker and RHP Jeremy Jeffress. The Mets need to add a little more to their pitching staff. Walker seems like the guy that is on the top of their list, so I see them adding Walker. With the interest in Jeffress earlier this offseason, I see the Mets adding him to have some more insurance.
- Best depth move on the MLB Roster (Villar, Almora, Pillar)?
Del Alba: LHP Joey Lucchessi. I love this move by the Mets. They were able to scoop the Churveball throwing Lefty in a three team deal. I see Joey as a better alternative to Steve Matz old role and considering that they didn’t give up much (C Prospect Endy Rodriguez) its a great Depth piece.
Gem Tablak: RHP Jordan Yamamoto. At just 24 years old, Yamamoto has yet to hit his peak and I believe the Hawaiian born pitcher is close to doing so.
Corne Hogeveen: OF: Almora Jr. The Mets desperately need better defense and Almora provides that. His defense alone, gives the Mets tons of flexibility. The Juan Lagares/Jake Marisnick role is important for this team. And best of all, we didn’t trade anybody for Almora and paid just 1.25m. Another plus is his option still in play.
- Best MILB deal?
Del Alba: OF Mallex Smith. If you don’t know by now, I’m a huge fan of Smith and how the Mets scooped him up first thing in the offseason. I think he’s got the experience, speed, defense and drive to break through into the MLB fairly quickly and become a NL comeback player candidate.
Gem Tablak: IF/OF Jose Peraza. He plays all across the diamond and is just 26 years old. Once a top prospect with the Atlanta Braves, Peraza will likely start off in Syracuse but still can have a big impact on the Major League club.
Corne Hogeveen: LHP Mike Montgomery. Pitching depth! It’s so important and Montgomery provides just that. A lefty that can start, but also should be able to pitch out of the pen. A swing man is a perfect add to a team which lacked depth.
- Best Trade besides Lindor/Carrasco trade?
Del Alba: Steven Matz to TOR for Sean Reid-Foley, Yansey Diaz, and Josh Winckowski. The Mets added three MLB ready pitching depth pieces while dumping Matz salary to TOR. They made this trade even more extra when they took Winkcowski and flipped him into Khalil Lee.
Gem Tablak: OF Khalil Lee. The Red Sox and Royals were working out a trade before Zack Scott nosed his way in on the situation and walked away with a Top 10 organizational prospect. Del in the past had talked about Lee potentially being the Detroit Tigers’ version of Curtis Granderson.
Corne Hogeveen: Getting Yamamoto from the Marlins for nothing. Yamamoto has upside, with the best fastball spin rate in the majors. This type of upside arm is what I like to get. The Mets can work with him to get the ultimate out of Yamamoto for a low cost. Plus another arm with an option left.
- Who will get DFA’D if the Mets add another to the 40 man roster?
Del Alba: OF Guillermo Heredia. Mets have added tons of OF depth piece and it seems to me that Heredia is the no brainer to be DFA. He’s got 1 option remaining and I don’t really see another team claiming him so he’ll likely get sent to the Mets Minors.
Gem Tablak: RHP Jacob Barnes. While Barnes could be a nice addition, I don’t think we’ll get that far into seeing the righty play. However, not through any fault of his own.
Corne Hogeveen: Jacob Barnes. I have said this before because of Barnes being out of options. If the Mets sign a reliever to a MLB deal, he could be the odd man out. They clearly like Barnes as he wasn’t released with the Villar addition, but still with an added reliever, I can’t see any others being released.