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Mets Things To Be Thankful For

With today being Thanksgiving, it is time to go around the Mets roster and say things we are thankful for:

Pete Alonso – he’s been better than even the highest and most absurd expectations anyone could have of him both in terms of his on the field play as well as the type of teammate and person he is

Carlos Beltran – for coming home

Robinson Cano – showed some late positive exit velocities showing there is some hope for a 2020 rebound

Yoenis Cespedes – for everyone questioning the drive of a man severely injured and needing career saving surgery, he is out there in the cold taking batting practice

Michael Conforto – re-established himself as one of the best young corner outfielders in the game, and with his talent, he’s on the verge of an MVP caliber season

J.D. Davis – quickly became a fan favorite and like few others seemed to really enjoy being a New York Met.

Jacob deGrom – best pitcher in baseball and starting to etch his likeness on the Mets Mt. Rushmore

Edwin Diaz – he survived the season, made no excuses, and he is doing what he needs to do to be the pitcher he was in 2018.

Jeurys Familia – he stopped using “Danza Kudro” meaning we no longer go to very bad places when that music begins blaring

Luis Guillorme – proved if given a chance he is a Major League caliber player giving the Mets some real needed middle infield depth

Chris Flexen – his move to the bullpen gives the Mets an interesting upside option in the bullpen

Robert Gsellman – he is one of those throwback type reliever who is always willing to take the ball no matter what

Sam Haggerty – it’s not often a player comes out of nowhere to provide real value to an organization the way Haggerty did with this speed

Jed Lowrie – to his credit, he did everything he could just to get those pinch hitting appearances late in the season

Seth Lugo – the best reliever in baseball who now gives Beltran a reliever who can break knees with his curve

Steven Matz – took that step forward and put to bed the unfair and wrong mentally weak narrative

Jeff McNeil – the man just does it all. He hits, plays everywhere, and he saves puppies.

Brandon Nimmo – if someone created a stat measuring the quotient of talent and enthusiasm, he’d be the Mike Trout of the stat

Tomas Nido – became the defensive minded back-up catcher many believed him to be, and he played a part getting Mets pitchers head in the right place during different parts of the year.

Stephen Nogosek – he is single-handedly trying to win the Addison Reed trade and the 2017 trade deadline for the Mets

Corey Oswalt – he put behind some injuries and gross mishandling by the organization to show he is a viable depth starting option for the organization

Wilson Ramos – drove in a number of big runs last year, and he has promised to be better behind the plate in 2020.

Amed Rosario – just a tireless worker who seems to be on the cusp of fulfilling the immense potential we all saw he had in the minors

Paul Sewald – he keeps proving himself to be better than the narrative, and he finally got his first Major League win to put an exclamation point on what is one of the better stories of the Mets farm system

Dominic Smith – that walk-off homer was a beautiful exclamation point on a season where he proved everyone who ever doubted him to be very wrong

Drew Smith – his coming back from Tommy John at some point in 2020 gives the Mets some hope for an improved bullpen.

Marcus Stroman – few have fully embraced being a Met like he has and fewer have been ready to thrive on the New York stage

Noah Syndergaard – not just a great pitcher, but also a guy who wants to be a New York Met.

Justin Wilson – was terrific in 2019, and with the LOOGY rules, he becomes an even more valuable bullpen piece in 2020

In terms of the talent still here, there is a lot to be thankful for. Hopefully, we will see the return of Zack Wheeler giving us all the more to be thankful for in 2020 and beyond.

9 thoughts on “Mets Things To Be Thankful For”

  1. Oldbackstop says:

    A move that would be nice would be to pick up Villar. He’s 28. Last year, he hit .274/.339/.453 with 24 home runs, 33 doubles, five triples and stole 40 bases in 49 attempts.

    You could slot him at SS and try the Rosario experiment in CF. We get better defense at SS, some speed in the lineup with 40 SBs, free up Rosario to try to solve CF, and all without losing any youth in a trade.

    I can’t believe they could get some sort of trade for him His 2019 numbers were awesome, and he only has one year left. To outright him seems crazy.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I like it

  2. Reese Kaplan says:

    Maybe it’s backwards. Villar has 13 games in the OF and 4 in CF already. That’s not much but more than Rosario has.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Maybe, but I’m also thinking of what to do with Rosario/Gimenez going forward

    2. Oldbackstop says:

      Gimenez has to hit or he is AAAA. Villar at SS and a capable Rosario in CF would be a huge upgrade.

  3. Oldbackstop says:

    You seem to damn JD Davis with d
    Faint praise (which is a totally an upgrade. He was first or second on the team in OPS, BA, SLG, and OBP.

    THAT’s why he has a fan favorite. If not for Alonso, JD would have been the Mets story of the year.

  4. Oldbackstop says:

    Here is the winter… ready?

    Trade Alonso for 27 year old Mookie Bettes, conditioned on getting Mookie a 4+ year extension. Alonso gets a forever home with DH to hide his -1.6 2019 dWAR.

    The Mets also pick up the bizarrely available Jonathan Villar, transitioning Soriano to time at CF if he deserves it over Mookie, Nimmo, etc.

    CF Betts
    SS Villar
    3B McNeil
    RF Conforto
    1B JD Davis
    C Ramos
    2B Cano
    LF Nimmo

    Bench Nido, Soriano, Smith, 5th OF

    The only youth surrendered is Alonso. Resources are left to hunt for pitching

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Dom > JD

      1. Oldbackstop says:

        Fight it out.

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