Mets that won’t be back in 2023 (Part 1)

The New York Mets put together an amazing 2022, however, there was much disappointment in the final month of the regular season. While this mini-collapse may not warrant a fire-sale, team owner Steve Cohen will likely shake things up for a second straight year.

  • Mychal Givens – The right handed reliever was a sweet little pick-up as the deadline was winding down. Unfortunately, it didn’t go as planned for Givens while in Orange & Blue. The 32 year-old veteran sported a 4.79 ERA in 19 appearances, a vast difference from his 2.66 ERA with Cubs. I expect the Mets to utilize the $1.5M buyout in place for 2023 as Givens likely has worn out his short welcome.
  • Tomas Nido – The 28 year-old backstop has spend parts of 7 seasons with the Mets. And while Nido, aka Needz, had a big month of September, he was never slated to be the next Mike Piazza, and a career .323 slugging percentage will have the Mets ready to upgrade. Fans should expect prospect Francisco Alvarez to catch roughly 75%-80% of the games, pushing James McCann out of the starting lineup.
  • Seth Lugo – The Mets reliever made it clear while speaking with the media that Sunday night was a very emotional night for him. After the game, Lugo brought his family on-field as his future with the organization is uncertain.

Of the three players listed, Nido obviously will be remembered as the backstop came up through the Mets system while spending about a decade with the organization.

Seth Lugo will probably receive a bag of mixed results from fans from places like #MetsTwitter as well as in groups on Facebook, however, Lugo was a trooper while in Queens and did whatever was asked from him. Unfortunately, it feels like that curveball of his has one foot out the door and I wouldn’t rely on his fastball as being his out pitch.

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