This, of course, follows a busy start to free agency with the team’s most active day of the offseason yet yesterday. The Mets got off to a blazing start with the signing of Justin Verlander. Within the last 24 hours, they added another two pitchers who will have pivotal roles in Jose Quintana and Brooks Raley.
While the team’s payroll is through the roof, with World Series aspirations in place, it is thrilling to hear that they are still willing to sign players with the price tags of Nimmo and Senga.
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Brandon Nimmo and Kodai Senga make the New York Mets even better:
Starting with the lifelong Met, Nimmo, the lineup simply needs him for 2023. On paper, at the moment, with Nimmo not under contract, the Mets do not have a batting order remotely good enough to be the World Series-caliber baseball team they expect. Officially losing him only makes it worse.
With the additions of Verlander and Quintana, one could fairly argue that Senga is not as much of a need at this point in time. However, for a win-now club, it is a luxury they should pursue to ultimately make themselves that much better. The significant upside that Senga has could potentially give this Mets baseball team an even higher ceiling.
As mentioned, Nimmo addresses the more glaring need at the moment. This batting order becomes a possible huge concern should they lose him. Whereas on the other hand, the starting rotation currently has two elite, top-end pitchers followed by some quality depth to round it out. Should the Mets add Senga, one would have to assume that Carlos Carrasco becomes expendable in a trade. Doing so would also take some stress off of their expensive payroll.
Ultimately, to know the Mets are considering acquiring both Nimmo and Senga after the active start they have had is exhilarating. Hopefully, in the near future, they are able to land both players to improve their 2023 World Series chances that much more.