Which position should the Mets prioritize next: Starting pitching or center fielder?

New York Mets, Brandon Nimmo
Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) runs to third base in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets have had one of the busiest offseasons among MLB teams. They welcomed a new owner, a new president, signed a top reliever (Trevor May) and some high-upside options, brought a starting catcher in James McCann, and hired the new general manager in Jared Porter. It has been quite a ride.

Now, what’s next for the revamped New York Mets? There are still some areas that need to be addressed if the club wants to make a deep playoff run in 2021.

The bullpen could use a left-handed arm, but seems to be in good shape if Seth Lugo returns to his usual role, with May, Edwin Diaz, and others.

Which are should the Mets address first?

However, and since Noah Syndergaard will start the season on the injured list for the Mets, one or two starters are needed. Jacob deGrom, David Peterson, Marcus Stroman, and Steven Matz are now the first four names in the depth chart, but more reinforcements are needed to navigate through the long season.

Erasmo Ramirez (0.63 ERA, 0.84 WHIP) made quite the impression as a swingman in 2020, and he’s likely to be retained. But the Mets could surely use another starter or two, with Corey Kluber, Jake Odorizzi, Chris Archer, Carlos Rodon, and others still in the free agency market.

Now that they have their starting catcher, the Mets are reportedly looking to add a center fielder given that Brandon Nimmo, the top option there last season, was lousy with the glove, to say the least.

Nimmo shone with the Mets offensively but was in the 2nd percentile (!) in Statcast’s Outs Above Average. That’s why they could bring George Springer and sign him to a multi-year deal to take over the position for the next few years, moving Nimmo to left field. Reports say that the Mets are interested and are among the favorites to land him.

What do you think the Mets should do next in their offseason?

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