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So far this offseason, Steve Cohen’s Mets have shelled out nearly half a billion dollars on the free-agent contracts of Edwin Díaz, Brandon Nimmo, Justin Verlander, Kodai Senga, José Quintana, David Robertson and Omar Narváez, while exchanging trades for relief. Brooks Raley.
Can you believe there’s still a lot to do on general manager Billy Eppler’s agenda?
“A lot of heavy lifting is done,” Eppler said this week, “but it doesn’t stop us from being opportunistic.”
Going into the offseason, the Mets see themselves as having eight or nine spots to fill on their roster. So far, they have filled eight with players who have guaranteed contracts. There is still room in the following areas:
Bullpen: As things stand, the Mets are slated to field a bullpen of Díaz, Robertson, Raley and Drew Smith, along with a roster of pitchers who will compete for jobs in Spring Training. There is room to add another veteran to the mix, with New York native Adam Ottavino a chance to return. Seth Lugo and Trevor May are also there, along with a host of free agents from other teams. Generally, this market tends to take a very different shape in January.
DH/Outfielder: Although Mets officials expressed satisfaction with last season’s power outing, a few more home runs couldn’t hurt. Right now, Daniel Vogelbach and Darin Ruf are ready to reprise their roles in the batting lineup, along with prospects Francisco Álvarez and Brett Baty. But if the Mets want to give Álvarez and Baty more seasoning in the Minors, it would make sense to bolster the position with another bat. Possibilities include free agent right-handers JD Martínez or Trey Mancini, and lefty Michael Conforto, whose agent Scott Boras says he wants a two-year deal.