As you probably know, this offseason has been one of the busiest in Mets history. Some big names, as well as some larger-than-medium names have been brought in to improve the roster and help the Mets make the postseason for the first time since 2016. However, there are a few new Mets players who will be looking to make an impact, even if their acquisitions weren’t considered headline-worthy.
Jordan Yamamoto, P – Earlier this month, the Mets acquired the 24 year-old starting pitcher from the Miami Marlins for teenage minor league shortstop, Frederico Polanco. At the time, the Mets were still negotiating with Trevor Bauer to round out their starting rotation. As it was, the Mets were already prepared to go into the season with Jacob deGrom, Carlos Carrasco, Marcus Stroman, David Peterson, and one of a number of options for 5th starter, not to mention Noah Syndergaard, whose return from Tommy John surgery seems to be progressing nicely. While Bauer ended up signing with the Dodgers, the Yamamoto pickup was seemingly unnecessary at the time. Furthermore, Yamamoto pitched in only 4 games last season and the results were awful: 11.1 IP, 23 earned runs (an 18.27 ERA), with 8 home runs allowed. What would scream “go get this guy”?