3 Moves the Mets Should Make Before the 2021 MLB Season Starts
By Larry Rupp
The New York Mets struggled in 2020 and finished tied for last place in the NL East division with a record of 26-34. However, they head into the 2021 season as a team with a lot of potential and hype. They could still benefit from making a few more moves while the offseason is still here, though.
The Mets have holes to address on their roster and important roster moves to make if they want to put together the best team they can before Opening Day rolls around. With that in mind, here are three moves the Mets should make before the 2021 MLB season starts.
1. Sign Tyler Flowers
The Mets found their everyday starting catcher in James McCann this offseason, but his track record of success isn't very long. He has also been splitting time behind the plate for most of his career. To avoid the risk of overplaying McCann, the Mets should sign Tyler Flowers to be the backup. Current backup Thomas Nido played in just seven games last season and is unproven in the majors. Flowers would bring a lot of experience to the team and a pop of power as well. He has hit 12 home runs since the start of the 2019 season and has strong defensive skills. This would be an underrated, but important, move for the Mets to make.
2. Extend Michael Conforto
If the Mets want to have sustained and continued success, they should extend a player who has been one of their most consistent hitters over the last few seasons. Outfielder Michael Conforto debuted back in 2015 and has been improving every season since. He is coming off of a season in which he hit .322 and has missed just 26 out of the 374 Mets games since the start of the 2018 season. He hits free agency after this season and would have interest from a number of MLB teams. His price is likely to only rise from here on out so the Mets would be smart to extend him now.
3. Extend Francisco Lindor
The Mets made a major splash this offseason trading for star shortstop Francisco Lindor, but they could make an even bigger splash by extending him. Lindor also becomes a free agent at the end of the season and the Mets need to do whatever it takes to keep him on the team moving forward. He is arguably the best shortstop in baseball and is just 27 years old. Lindor is an all-around, five-tool player and a four-time All-Star that would be the face of the Mets' future if he agrees to an extension. Simply put, this move would put New York's roster alongside some of the top MLB teams for the foreseeable future.
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