'Boomer And Gio': Mets Can't Waste Their Window Of Contention

Boomer and Gio
November 14, 2019 - 8:59 am

The Mets have an impressive core of players going into the 2020 season.

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Pete Alonso just won the Rookie of the Year award, and Jacob deGrom just won the Cy Young. The Mets’ roster is full of talented pieces, but they still missed the playoffs last season.

Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti began their show Thursday morning by talking about deGrom’s Cy Young win and about the future of the Mets. Esiason thinks the team has a window of contention that is open right now that it needs to take advantage of.

“You have a window, and the window is open,” said Esiason on WFAN. “There really is a window right now where they need to be contenders and they need to refortify the team. They’ve got to find a center fielder.”

Mickey Callaway couldn’t guide the Mets to the playoffs in 2019, and now Carlos Beltran will come in and try and bring them to the postseason in 2020.

The World Series champion Nationals are in the NL East with the Mets, but Washington’s team could be broken up a bit if Anthony Rendon and Stephen Strasburg depart. Things could be relatively open for the Mets.

Jacob deGrom

Most of the Mets players should be coming back, especially their key guys. But Boomer also thinks that general manager Brodie Van Wagenen needs to go out and make another splash, or two, this offseason to put the Mets over the hump.

“This is now the time where Brodie has got to go and do something. I think he’s got to get a player that the Met fan can get really excited about … now the question is, how do they acquire that guy? Do they go the free agency route or do they go the trade route?”

The wild card in all of this is Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes hasn’t played since the 2018 season after suffering a few long term injuries, and his status for next season is still uncertain.

Gio thinks some tough love should be in order for Cespedes.

“I don’t understand why this has to be delicate with him. Why can’t the Mets put a little public pressure on him, or even internally … enough of this. This guy has been a rumor now for two years, enough. You’ve got one more year, live up to your $30 million salary, climb out of the hole, go out in left field, and then go earn some more money that hopefully we don’t give you.”

Click on the audio player above to listen to the full open from Thursday's "Boomer & Gio" show.