Chicago Cubs: Carlos Beltran
The 42-year-old Carlos Beltran had a tremendous playing career, collecting 2,725 hits and swatting 435 home runs. He now takes over an exciting situation in Queens after Mickey Callaway was let go after just two seasons.
The New York Mets got off to a rough start in 2019, yet they surprised almost everyone by adding at the trade deadline, trading for Marcus Stroman from the Toronto Blue Jays. They were able to turn it around and jump into National League Wild Card contention towards the end of the season yet were unable to finish the job.
Even with the anticipated departure of Zack Wheeler, the Mets still have a lot to work within their starting rotation, including Stroman, Noah Syndergaard, and two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom. There are also a lot of talented players on offense, including reigning Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso, coming off an incredible 53 home run season.
It’s hard to believe, but just four years ago, the Mets were in the World Series. Whether they currently have enough to hang with the Washington Nationals, Atlanta Braves, or even the Philadelphia Phillies is a question. Still, they have a front office and the resources that will allow them to make the moves to try to contend in 2020 and beyond.
Beltran brings a lot of talent and knowledge of the game to this position. He figures to be a good hire for them, and if he can get the team to play a full season as they did towards the end of this past year, they could be a contender in 2020.