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Ryan Stapleton, Staff Writer

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After two consecutive postseason runs, the Mets continue to build their team. The “Amazin’”s have made many moves in this offseason, for the better and for the worse.

The worst thing they had done was letting fan-favorite Bartolo Colón sign with the Braves. As a long-time fan of the Mets, I was sad to see Colón go because he could either throw a perfect game or let 10 runs up in the first inning and still enjoy himself. Colón had 3 seasons with the Mets, getting close to 15 wins in each season, as well as hitting his first career home run with the team.

As the departure of Colón was sad for fans, many were comforted by some smart moves as well.  Second Baseman, Neil Walker, re-signed to a one year deal and star outfielder, Yoenis Céspedes, re-signed for four years. Walker and Céspedes were power bats last season, as each hit over 20 home runs.

Céspedes enjoys playing for the Mets and wanted a no-trade deal.

“I’ve experienced that now several times with Oakland, Boston, Detroit and then coming here,” he said in an interview with Associated Press. “I didn’t like that feeling of just when I was starting to get comfortable with a team that I could be gone.” He wants to get used to the Mets and not get sent away like he had in the past.

Now with an overcrowded outfield, the Mets need to figure out what to do with Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares, Jay Bruce, and Michael Conforto. To get ideas, the Mets traded pitcher Logan Verrett to the Baltimore Orioles for $50,000 in cash considerations. Verrett went 3 to 8 with a 5.20 ERA in 2016.

With Opening Day right around the corner, the Mets shall, with any luck, continue to strive, with their amazin’ young pitching staff and power lineup.  Let’s hope for a World Series win, and let’s go Mets!

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