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Almost everything at the second half of the Mets was notable, but the emergence of J.D. In particular, Davis and Amed Rosario have built up a youthful core of positional players who suddenly give this franchise a completely different feeling, both in the present and in the future.
Add this duo to Pete Alonso Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto and you can say that the Mets have five cornerstones, four of which at least until the Season 2023 under contractual control.
And that does not matter Dom Smith which is now likely to emerge as a valuable off-season trading chip, or Brandon Nimmo who is considered to be an important player on his return from his neck injury, too if it is more about depth at this point.
All this raises an interesting question that I could not have imagined before all this Citi Field magic began:
In a National League East laden with positional talent, the Mets can claim to have the best young core?
In truth, I still need to keep the Braves out of the lead, but that too is controversial now, the advantage could benefit the Mets if Davis and Rosario continue to play it. Play on a high level and Nimmo eventually returns to something that comes close to its shape from 2018.
Not so long ago, the Braves seemed to be miles ahead of the pack, but now the Mets have the right to believe that they can fight for the title of a division in the next few years. At this point in my opinion, they are ahead of the Nationals and Phillies in this regard, which is also a significant change.
Okay, let's put it this way: Which team's position player group would you prefer to leave in the next five years? So I would classify them:
1st Braves: It's hard not to hear the core of Ronald Acuna Ozzie Albies Dansby Swanson Freddie Freeman and [19459005zunehmen] Austin Riley who will move to third place in the next season instead of Josh Donaldson .
2. Mets: In Alonso and McNeil, they already had a potential home champion and hit title champion, and now, Rosario seems to grow up as a dynamic offensive first-shortstop, while Davis proves otherwise to the scouts Minor League numbers would not be transferable to the big leagues against high-velocity fastballs.
In addition, Conforto moves again in the direction of his elusive star level, because he raised great expectations in 2015 as a rookie.  . 3 Nationals: Their young nucleus dates back to Juan Soto Anthony Rendon and Victor Robles back-year-old Soto, who stands out as a potential MVP. But they should not let the free agent Rendon follow Bryce Harper out of the door, otherwise this core is not nearly as dangerous.
4. Phillies: Harper, Rhys Hoskins Jean Segura J.T. Realmuto and perhaps Scott Kingery are the key figures, but Realmuto may be a free agent after next season, and it remains to be seen how much the Phillies will continue to spend after handing over $ 330 million to Harper become .
However you classify them, it is clear that the prospects for the Mets in the division have changed dramatically over the course of this season. As such, it should change the way GM Brodie Van Wagenen and owners think about the immediate future.
This means that with so much youth – and thus affordable contracts – on the side of the position players, the Mets should be prepared to pitch for pitching if they are serious about winning a championship.
After all the talk about potential trafficking it seems to make more sense to imprison him beyond the remaining two seasons before he reaches the free agency.
The same goes for trying to extend Zack Wheeler before becoming a free agent this winter. Wheeler may never be as consistently dominant in his brilliant second half last season as it seemed, but his high-caliber stuff fits well as starter # 3 behind Jacob deGrom and Syndergaard.
Steven Matz seems to be ironing out his inconsistency lately, and he has two more seasons before he can become a free agent. It may also be worth expanding, especially considering that the mets, as well as they are in position, do not have top pitching prospects for the higher levels of minors.
Yes, they have The newly acquired Marcus Stroman has another season under control, but does not seem to be a front-end-of-the-rotation starter and fits best as a supplement to the first four starters and not as a substitute for one of them.
While Davis turns out to be Van Wagenen's low-season gold star, who took him from the Astros for three smaller players, the Mets will almost certainly try to trade with Smith and his left-hander. The bat should bring back the strike depth.
This depth is also needed. As it is, the Mets have been lucky so far this season, as all their starters have stayed healthy, but that will not happen every year.
The point is that Van Wagenen and his bosses have a chance they themselves would not have been able to see. Whatever happens during the remainder of the season, the position player talent has developed in a way that would give this franchise financial flexibility to pay for startup as well as relief pitching in search of a championship.
After all, just a few months ago, the Mets seemed to be in a fruitless chase to be able to compete with their division rivals, especially the Braves.