Finding which picture to use at the top of this slide discussing the additions for the New York Mets this offseason was no easy task. After all, the Mets finally named their general manager (Billy Eppler) on November 18, and then starting spending on numerous players in an effort to compete for the National League East in 2022.
New York Mets owner Steve Cohen opened his wallet and the team picked up some high-priced, solid additions
The Mets boosted their infield versatility by signing Eduardo Escobar to a two-year deal, then bolstered their outfield with the signings of Mark Canha and Starling Marte. Top all of that with the Mets paying starting pitcher Max Scherzer $130 million over three years and it’s easy to see why the Mets will be a very intriguing team next season.
All of those additions will push New York’s payroll in the neighborhood of $264 million next year (per FanGraphs). That’s roughly $61 million more than this season … and it is possible the Mets aren’t done spending yet.
New York will field a 2022 Opening Day roster that is significantly different than its 2021 version. The Mets hope that the new additions can keep the team from collapsing as it did in the second half of 2021 and earning its first postseason berth since 2016.
With the defending World Champion Atlanta Braves lurking in the division, the Mets needed to do something this offseason to show they intended to compete for the title in October. On paper at least, they did just that before the work stoppage began.