As there is every spring, the Mets have a myriad of questions to be addressed. To me, I’ve come up with a list of the five most intriguing questions facing the team this year These are all individuals, which means it doesn’t pertain to a specific area, such as the bullpen or bench.
The following individuals will most capture my attention:
Yoenis Cespedes: Let’s face it, he signed a $75 million contract, so that will put a bullseye on anybody’s back. I’ll be curious to see if he really wanted to be here or will bide his time and opt out after a year. Even if he doesn’t stay the three years, he’ll get $27.5 million for 2016. That’s a lot of money for a streaky player whose concentration isn’t always there.
David Wright: All of these lists have to include Wright for the simple reason of his back health. Gone are the days when you could have written him in for .300, 25 and 100. He’s no longer that player because of injuries. There’s also the matter of a contract that has him signed through 2020. Wright ended the season healthy, but he only played for a couple of months. Now he faces spring training, a full six-month season and hopefully the playoffs. Does he still have it at the plate? Can he physically play the position? How much rest will he need?
Matt Harvey: What? You think I’d forget about him? He’s two years removed from Tommy John and there apparently aren’t any innings limitations, although the Mets say they’ll watch him closely? They said the same thing last year. By all accounts, Harvey is physically ready. He also has a chip on his shoulder for how the season ended, with him throwing a dugout fit so he could pitch the ninth inning of Game 5 of the World Series. Need I continue? Harvey should be beyond motivated this year, hopefully to where he’ll win more than 14 games. I wrote earlier that I pegged him for 20. I’m not backing off that.
Travis d’Arnaud: He’s another one with health concerns. If he can stay healthy then perhaps he can live up to expectations of his bat. If healthy, I don’t see why he can’t have a breakout year. If so, the Mets might have a decision to make regarding Kevin Plawecki.
Jeurys Familia: We’ve seen numerous hot-and-cold closers over the years. Forty saves one year; 17 the next. Familia was terrific during the regular season after replacing Jenrry Mejia. He coughed up a World Series game, so how will he respond from that? He’s got wicked stuff, but he’s only done it for one year. Great closers do it year after year after year. Sure, I’m curious about Familia. You should be, too.