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loved for the ageless wonder to stick around for another
04-19-2017, 12:23 PM
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loved for the ageless wonder to stick around for another
The New York Mets took a step back after losing the 2015 World Series. Injuries to key players last season kept the team from matching its success from the year before and New York only got as far as losing to the San Francisco Giants in the National League Wild Card Game.

The New York Mets are looking to get back to the World Series after injury troubles kept them from getting past the NL Wild Card Game last year. AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

That loss capped a season in which the Mets went 87 75 and paid 1.8 million per win. That isn t bad considering total payroll was at 156.6 million and well below MLB s luxury tax threshold, but injuries clearly were a problem as over 39.8 million was on the disabled list at season s end. Another 15 million was in retained salary.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson is hoping that 2017 brings back more of what made 2015 memorable for the fans. Save for re signing outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to a new contract worth 110 million over four years, New York made minimal moves in the offseason and started the season with its strong core intact. Key arms are healthy, the lineup looks competitive and it seems only another injury plagued year could be what derails this Mets team.

This team has what it takes to win the World Series and with the competition in the National League stiff this season, count on the New York Mets to not take the foot off of the gas pedal until that championship trophy is theirs.

Greatest Addition None

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is in a prime position as someone with a roster so talented that no major additions needed to be made in the offseason. AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

You re reading that correctly, folks. The Mets offseason was so quiet that no names were added to the roster that were not there in 2016. Alderson clearly knew that the roster was strong enough to compete as it was and focused all energy on giving Cespedes a long term contract and retaining homegrown talent on team friendly deals.

It was a smart move on his end and Mets fans can look forward to team chemistry staying strong in 2017.

Greatest Loss Bartolo Colon

Bartolo Colon was a fan favorite for the Mets, but his age made it impractical to retain his services for another season. AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson

Colon has become something of a folk hero in baseball and he exemplified that label in three years with the Mets. The man was and still is out of shape and, now just over a month away from his 44th birthday , looks more like someone who would be watching a game from the stands rather than playing in it.

But that didn t stop the Mets from giving the veteran righty a two year Steven Matz Jersey, 20 million contract prior to the 2014 season and a one year, 7.25 million contract for 2016. Colon made the most of the opportunities and went 44 34 with a 3.90 ERA and 1.22 WHIP during his three years in Flushing. His Mets tenure also saw him slug his first career home run at 42 years old.

Mets fans would have loved for the ageless wonder to stick around for another year, but even Alderson knew that the team needed to stay young in the pitching rotation with righty Zack Wheeler set to return from Tommy John surgery. Colon was allowed to become a free agent and wound up signing a one year, 12.5 million contract with the Mets division rival Atlanta Braves.

It s obvious that Colon cannot pitch forever. It s just the reality of the matter and the Mets opted to not take the risk that 2017 would be the year that Colon s skills started declining. It wasn t worth it to keep him around, but he will indeed be missed.
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