Mets signing Yoenis Cespedes is a big deal, but some big questions remain

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Though a potential lockout hangs over MLB, a guy who mashes hanging curveballsis returning to the Mets. But as sure as the Mets are about Yoenis Cespedes, they might be unsure of some other things surrounding the team.New York signing Cespedes to a four-year, $110 million contract is huge for the Mets and their fanbase. There might be some tentativene s, given the history of, oh, say, Jason Bay. But Jason Bay was no Yoenis Cespedes. And that’s a great thing for the Mets. While Cespedes returning to the Mets’ lineup adds a huge amount of legitimacy, there are questions surrounding the rest of the team. Questions that are going to be answered sooner rather than later.Will Matt Harvey and David Wright bounce back from injuries? What will come of Jeurys Familia and the domestic abuse allegations surrounding him? What’s a reasonable expectation of Jose Reyes?MORE: MLB free agent tracker: See who goes where this winterYes, Cespedes brings power and legitimate offense to the Mets’ lineup, which ranked second in the National League in home runs last season. But it also ranked 14th in doubles, 12th in batting average and 12th in on-base percentage. The Metsalso ranked 11th in the NL in runs. They lived and died by the home run, and it showed all through the season. So while Cespedes will help continue those trends, it’s fair https://www.royalsedges.com/kansas-city-royals/lucas-duda-jersey to ask where the rest of the Mets’ offensive consistency will come from.Is it from second baseman Neil Walker, who will be returning on the qualifying offer? Walker faced DLtime in 2016 with back i sues, but produced at a clip that was almost good enough to wash Mets’ fans memories of postseason hero Daniel Murphy.Will it come from David Wright?Wright’s spinal stenosis diagnosis in 2015has led to questions about the third baseman’s future. He played in just 37 games in 2016 before being lost to https://www.royalsedges.com/kansas-city-royals/trevor-cahill-jersey a neck surgery that shelved himfor the rest of the season. Wright, who will turn 34 in December, is another big question mark in the lineup.While Jose Reyes was a surprisingly big lift for the Mets, posting a .769 OPS in 60 games in 2016, what is a reasonable expectation for the 33-year-old in 2017? No, he’s not old, but he is aging. Heposted a -0.7 defensive WAR splitting time atthird and shortstop last season. As long as the offense is there, Reyes will be safe, but how long he can produce is still up in the air.Now, there’s also the reintroduction of the glut of Met outfielders. The Mets picked up Jay Bruce’s 2017 option, so now they are looking at an outfield that will include Cespedes, Bruce, Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto. Bruce, Granderson and Conforto could all be valuable trade commodities at one point or another, Conforto especially, with the versatility they can produce among those four.FOSTER: MLB can’t afford a work stoppageWill the offense come from catcher, where both Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki both underperformed mightily in 2016? Doubtful, unle s the Metscan find a fix to their backstop i sues, and quickly.And then, there’s https://www.royalsedges.com/kansas-city-royals/salvador-perez-jersey the once-dauntingMet rotation.We heard much about the Mets’ young arms through the past few seasons, and in 2016 both Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom battled through and had impre sive years. The Mets have to rely on bounce-back efforts in 2017 from deGrom, Steven Matz and Matt Harvey, who all lost time in 2016 because of injury.Earlier in November, New Yorkalso waved goodbye to rotation stalwart and agele s wonderBartolo Colon, who signed with theNL East rival Braves in free agency.While Matz, Harvey and deGrom all mi sed time to close out the 2016 season, the team turned to rookies Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo to bolster their playoff push, and both exceeded the call of duty. But is it fair to expect them to reproduce the same effectivene s with an offense that was anemic at times? Who knows. Will Zack Wheeler be back and better than ever after injuries have ravaged much of hisMets career?The Mets have surprised baseball in the past on the positive side of the spectrum. No doubt, signing Cespedes is a giant leap for Met-kind in Flushing, especially considering the Mets’ penny-pinching ways that have gained them notoriety. But it’s just the start of answering some big questions facing them in 2017.

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