Shamus Clancy | Philley.com - Combine Harvey and Wheeler with righthander Noah Syndergaard, a top prospect who likely will make his major league debut this season, and the Mets should have a trio of young arms ready to guide the franchise for the rest of the decade. The Mets’ offense, however, is another story, likely to be too inept for playoff contention. Harvey and Wheeler will be the first Mets duo of starting pitchers to make the All-Star Game since Tom Glavine and Pedro Martinez in 2006. Syndergaard will display flashes of brilliance. But the Mets still will finish third in the NL East because of their offensive deficiencies.
Chris Soto: That's an extremely strong prediction for Harvey and Wheeler from a Phillies website, however, they don't mention a single word about Jacob deGrom. They also are figuring that Wright will continue on his poor run of form despite returning healthier in 2015 as well making no mention of the dimension changing and its potential effect on left handed hitting Lucas Duda and Curtis Granderson. I'll stick to my prediction of a 2nd place finish.
Brian Joura | Mets 360 - Optimists point to Carlos Beltran, who had a rough first year with the Mets but who rebounded to become one of the few $100 million free agents to be worth their contract. But Beltran was 28 in his first year with the Mets while Granderson was 33 last year. Overall, we see a slight increase in average and a larger, although not massive, increase in slugging. Our .275 BABIP is also a jump from his 2014 output but a good bit away from his lifetime .300 mark in the category. It’s an improvement over last year but is it worth $16 million?
Chris Soto: The guys over at Mets360 are predicting a .239 AVG .745 OPS 23 HR season from Grandy in 2015. That's a pretty reasonable projection that would make Granderson worth +2.9 Wins Above Replacement or $12.9m (assuming he plays above average defense in LF. It's still not worth his contract but it's a solid performance.)