The Mets say they will spend money. Here’s a blueprint to do it wisely – The Athletic

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In the past two years, in which Major League Baseball has played one season with 162 games, the World Series champion has emerged from the National League East. And every time the Mets were in the table until about the second week of August.

In 2021, after holding first for much of the season, New York tumbled to the ground and rolled off a cliff in August. It finished 77-85, the same record he set during a grumpy 2018 season the only joy of which came when Jacob deGrom was on the hill.

As such, the Mets can at the same time feel like they’re pretty close to the team that just won the World Series, and far removed from the actual clashes. The optimist can look at owner Steve Cohen’s financial resources, his recent spending pledges, the dramatic underperformance across the squad in 2021, and watch a half-full glass refill. The pessimist wonders why so many executives turned down the Mets, whether there is any real “core” in Queens, and how much the club’s long search for a baseball manager this winter is putting it behind the rest of the league this winter.

To classify the start of the Mets offseason as unfavorable is fair; There is still plenty of time until the opening day of New York to change this idea and its reputation in the NL-East. How can the Mets do that?

Here’s a blueprint, a guide on how I might approach the off-season if I was running the Mets. (No, they never called in the last month, probably because they’ve read in the past how I thought they should


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