New York Mets rumors: More moves coming after MLB lockout ends?

Apr 8, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; A message from New York Mets owners Steve Cohen and his wife Alex is played on the video board before an opening day game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; A message from New York Mets owners Steve Cohen and his wife Alex is played on the video board before an opening day game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /
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The New York Mets went on a spending spree before the Major League Baseball lockout went into effect. However, according to one baseball insider, the Mets may not be done.

According to a tweet from MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, the New York Mets may be looking to add more to their rotation and lineup once the MLB lockout ends.

Of course, “might” is the key word of the tweet. Still, the thought is very interesting.

As our own David Hill pointed out in this article, even with the addition of Max Scherzer this offseason, the Mets rotation still has plenty of questions heading into the 2022 campaign. With age becoming a factor for many of the featured pieces of the rotation (Scherzer, deGrom, Carlos Corrasco, etc.) and a history of injuries for both deGrom and Carrasco, adding another steady arm to the rotation makes perfect sense in a perfect Mets world.

Could the lineup addition come as the Mets reportedly intend to make infielder/outfielder Jeff McNeil available for a trade once the lockout ends? With Robinson Canó coming back to the team after a suspension and Eduardo Escobar added to the lineup already this offseason, the Mets do have some flexibility and versatility in the infield should they add another free agent hitter.

Catcher could well be New York’s biggest lineup weakness at the moment with James McCann likely to get the bulk of the work behind the plate. Could that be an area where the Mets improve?

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The number thrown out for payroll is significant as well. No MLB team has ever had a $300 million payroll, and the Mets aren’t far away from that magic number right now. Could the Mets be the first to cross that threshold? With “significant” additions, it would be very possible.