New York Mets build up all-star team, prep for comeback

Katie Cresser, Copy Editor

The Yankees aren’t the only ones who are hoping to use this upcoming season to make up for last year’s disappointing one, as the Mets are also making major changes to their starting lineup this year.

The highlight of the MLB offseason for the New York Mets was the addition of outfielder Curtis Granderson to a four-year, 60 million dollar deal. Mets fans hope that the former Yankee will rebound from his injury which plagued his 2013 season.

Chris Young, another outfielder who had a disappointing 2013 season, was signed in an attempt to shore up the weaknesses in the outfield. The Mets also look to improve their pitching rotation with the addition of veteran starter Bartolo Colon.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Mets are relying on Eric Young Jr. and Daniel Murphy to hit well at the top of the batting order. These additions would give Granderson and team captain David Wright big at-bats as the number three and four hitters.

Unfortunately for Mets fans, the bottom of the order is still very much in question. If young catcher Travis d’Arnaud has another up and down year and manager Terry Collins continues to experiment with the shortstop position, the Mets could be in for some frustrating offensive games.

One of the biggest concerns for the Mets heading into the new season is the situation at first base. It appears that Lucas Duda and Ike Davis will battle for the position. However, Davis—whose previous struggles had earned him a demotion to the minors last season—could be on the chopping block. If the Mets were to deal or cut Davis, than Collins would have more flexibility to mix and match positions with offense as the primary concern without forfeiting too much on the defensive end.

All-Star rookie pitcher Matt Harvey is unavailable for the entire season due to ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, also known as Tommy John surgery. Despite the young superstar’s absence, the Mets’ starting rotation is not entirely destitute.

Colon will join veterans Dillon Gee and Jon Niese, both notorious for their poor starts to the season. Zach Wheeler, another young pitching prospect who made his MLB debut during the second half of last season, will look to avoid the dreaded sophomore slump.

The fifth spot seems to be up for grabs, and all eyes will be on highly touted prospects Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero. Both pitchers will be starting spring training with the major league club.

While they are not expected to make the opening day roster, an impressive spring performance could set the stage for a second half debut.

The most uncertain area of the Mets roster appears to be the bullpen. Closer Bobby Parnell is recovering from shoulder surgery while part-time closer Jeurys Familia will be looking to avoid a repeat of his 2013 injury shortened season. Other than that, the majority of bullpen spots seem ripe for the picking during spring training.

Fans should be on the lookout for breakout performances from young players like d’Arnaud and continued excellence from established MLB stars, such as Wright and Granderson. While the Mets aren’t shaping up to be World Series contenders just yet, the rebuild seems to be progressing as planned.

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