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Philadelphia Phillies opponent overview: New York Mets

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Noah Syndergaard
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Noah Syndergaard /
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PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – MARCH 06: Manager Mickey Callaway
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – MARCH 06: Manager Mickey Callaway /

Additions

The average age of the players added to the Mets roster this offseason is 33-years-old, certainly not the direction championship clubs are headed nowadays. If a team had signed any of these players three to five years ago it would be a blockbuster deal.

  • Manager Mickey Callaway
  • Adrian Gonzalez
  • Todd Frazier
  • Jason Vargas
  • Jay Bruce
  • Anthony Swarzak

With that being said the Mets did add some nice pieces regardless of their age. Frazier has a chance to stay in New York and hit 30 home runs as the everyday starter over David Wright, and Bruce brings back his pop in the middle of the lineup averaging 32 home runs a season.

Gonzalez will be a solid veteran presence on this team while Dominic Smith continues to develop into the everyday first baseman. Swarzak and Vargas stabilize the pitching staff on both ends coming off career-best seasons. Vargas led the American League with 18 wins after appearing in just 12 games the last two seasons, and Swarzak showed he can be a quality middle relief/setup pitcher when healthy with a 2.33 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 70 games.