Time to make it as the official roster for the team will be out in about 2 hours time. The Mets are coming off a disaster of a season where they blew a comfortable lead in the division late last season and failed to make the playoffs. The bullpen and the offense fell apart late in the season
This season, there are still question marks on the team, but the confidence of the fans grew with the trade to get Johan Santana. The Mets ptching staff looks good but the rest of the team needs to prove itself. The offense is getting old and as they showed last season can go on bad cold streaks. The bullpen is still a big issue, but every team has that issue.
The expectations are pretty high from the fans, and I'm sure the ownership too, I feel it's World Series or bust, anything less and Willie Randolph will be fired. I personally am usually very negative about the Mets, and I feel they will fight hard for the division, as the Phillies and Braves are good teams and the Nationals and Marlins are feisty and want to prove themselves.
Here are the transactions made by the Mets in the offseason
Johan Santana, SP (from Minnesota, trade)
Brian Stokes, RP (from Tampa Bay, free agent)
Ryan Church, OF (from Washington, trade)
Brian Schnieder, C (from Washington, trade)
Matt Wise, RHP (from Milwaukee, free agent)
Angel Pagan, OF (Chicago Cubs, trade)
Brady Clark, OF (Cincinatti, free agent)
Paul LoDuca, C (to Washington, free agent)
David Newhan, Utility (Released)
Lastings Milledge, OF (to Washington, trade)
Carlos Gomez, OF (to Minnesota, trade)
Philip Humber, SP (to Minnesota, trade)
Ruben Gotay, INF (to Atlanta, free agent)
The Santana trade made the winter, the Mets gave up some young players, but were still able to keep their top prospect. Church and Schneider come from the Nationals for Milledge, not excited with the trade but it was known the Mets were not happy with Milledge's attitude. Also not happy with putting Gotay on waivers, and he now goes to the Braves
Pagan has lit up spring training and could even start in the outfield while Brady Clark could make the team as a backup.
The Mets start the season in Miami against the Florida Marlins tomorrow