There’s no concrete breaking news on the Mets these days, but more than a few things are racing through my mind:
* Proving they have a sense of humor, the Mets included a $50,000 bonus in Bartolo Colon‘s contract if he wins the Silver Slugger Award for the best hitter at his position. It would be great to see Colon hit a homer or even draw a walk this year, something he’s never done during his 18-year career.
* One bat I’m concerned about is Lucas Duda. He’s extremely streaky and that’s something I don’t see changing.
* As well as he performed in the leadoff spot this summer, I still prefer Curtis Granderson hitting in run-producing spots in the middle of the order, especially if they don’t land an outfield bat. Then again, they really don’t have many other options in the leadoff spot. I’ll have to do some more thinking about this.
* David Wright’s back will continue to be an issue for the duration of his contract. He might eventually have to consider a position change. But to where?
* Some people think I don’t like Matt Harvey. Not true. What I don’t care for is his attitude and still think a trade might be something to seriously consider. They have numerous holes to fill and he could do it for them.
* This will be the season the Mets will likely choose between Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki. I don’t think they’ll keep both.
* I’m very curious as to see how Michael Conforto will produce in his first full year.
* The Mets’ starter I think will be the first to win 20 games is Jacob deGrom.
Of course, I’ll go into greater depth on all of these topics, but for now just think of this as an appetizer, or in the spirit of the season, just a stocking stuffer.