Spring Training is just around the corner. In fact, it’s just 27 days away. I am currently a college student at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, just an hour’s drive from Port St. Lucie where the Mets have been holding Spring Training since 1988.
This spring I’ll be looking at a few things:
1) Where’s Jay Bruce?
When the Mets traded a solid prospect in Dilson Herrera for Jay Bruce at this past season’s trade deadline they knew that they had the ability to pick up a one-year $13 million option for this upcoming season. Unaware that Yoenis Cespedes would re-sign with the club, they did indeed pick up the option. Thanks to Yo signing a four-year, $110 million deal, the Mets have a surplus of outfielders. Jay Bruce, who had a putrid showing in his brief stint with the Mets last season is currently on the roster and taking up payroll. There have been reports that the Mets have been attempting to trade Bruce all winter, but have yet to find a suitor in a very quiet market this offseason. This is why I am very curious to see if Bruce will be in camp, still a part of the team.
2) How Does David Wright Look?
As every Mets fan is aware, David Wright has not been able to stay on the field for a better part of three seasons. In 2015, he played just 38 games and was diagnosed with Spinal Stenosis, a career-threatening injury. In 2016, he played 37 games before going down with a neck injury that required surgery and did not return the rest of the year. I am very curious to find out what’s up with the Mets Captain. He has a very tough road just to play each and every day with Spinal Stenosis and if the Mets can keep him in the lineup for even just around 80-100 games it would be a big lift to the team.
3) How Does The Rotation Look?
The Mets on paper have one of the most dominant rotations in all of baseball… when healthy. The problem with that is that the fantastic five have never pitched together. Zack Wheeler hasn’t pitched in two years and was nearly traded midseason in 2015 for Carlos Gomez. That deal fell through, and it didn’t come to fruition. Matt Harvey struggled last season, compiling a 4-10 season before going on the shelf with thoracic outlet syndrome. Jacob deGrom came into form after a rocky start, and Steven Matz has battled injuries throughout his short career. However, the Mets certainly have an ace and star in Noah Syndergaard.
All in all, I am very excited for Spring Training to start and get some answers to questions that have hung over the Mets this offseason.