The 2022 MLB regular season is set to begin on Thursday, April 7 and the New York Mets are one team hoping to find more success than previous years. The Mets have finished with a sub-.500 record in four of the last five seasons and haven't been to the playoffs since 2016.
An offseason spending splurge has this Mets team looking almost completely different, but that shouldn't stop the roster tweaks.
New York must continue making moves over the coming weeks ahead Opening Day if they hope to compete for a title. Here's a look at three moves that the Mets still need to make before the 2022 MLB season starts.
Mets Offseason Moves
1. Sign a Left-Handed Starting Pitcher
The Mets will begin the 2022 campaign with Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer as their top two starting pitchers. Few teams have two pitchers on their team with that talent, let alone one, but both aces have had their health up in the air recently. The addition of Chris Bassitt just makes things sweeter. Still, New York should look for another depth arm given this group's injury history. Names like Drew Smyly (8-6, 4.48 ERA in 2021) and Brett Anderson (4-9, 4.22 ERA) are affordable left-handed options that could help out the end of the rotation. If the Mets can add another starting pitcher for emergency use — especially one who's a southpaw — the team will be in much better shape should injuries arise.
2. Add Bullpen Depth
The Mets' bullpen owned the ninth-best ERA in the MLB last season, making it safe to say that they'd like more of the same in 2022. One of the club's key relievers — Jeurys Familia — is expected to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies and now the club must replace him. The good news is that there are several options in free agency. Names like Andrew Chafin and Chasen Shreve have been linked with the Mets, with the latter having had a stint with the team in 2020. A strong bullpen was key to the little success that New York saw last year and it would be wise to ensure that happens again by adding as many reliable relievers as possible.
3. Add Another Bat
The additions of Starling Marte, Eduardo Escobar, and Mark Canha will have a Mets' offense that ranked 28th in runs scored looking completely differently. But, the National League added a DH this season and NL teams must understand the importance of riding deep benches. New York is as complete a roster as there is in the current MLB, but the addition of a cheap, veteran slugger puts this lineup at the top. Brad Miller fits this bill. The nine-year veteran can play anywhere in the infield and won't command a large contract. He's belted 115 career home runs and would be viable to come off the bench in certain situations. The Mets are really only in need of depth at this point, so this signing makes sense.
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