5. Daniel Murphy Will Not Finish The Year As A Met
For as much as Daniel Murphy has been willing to talk extension with the Mets, the feeling has not been mutual and thus the writing is on the wall that this is Murphy’s last year with the team. Combine that with prospect Matt Reynolds being named Mets top player of the spring behind his hot bat and the seat is getting hot under Murphy. The Mets have discussed Murphy with other teams before but couldn’t find anyone to meet their price. Now with Reynolds looking like he could provide similar offensive production and also prospect Dilson Herrera waiting in the wings, the time is coming for the Mets to move Murphy. As the season goes on and the Mets can assess an area of need, it may be easier to matchup with a team on a deal in which they can move Murphy to fill a need instead of trying to necessarily get back their believed value.
Bonus Prediction: Bobby Parnell Never Gets His Closer Role Back
This one is a reach but I believe in Jenrry Mejia and his swagger was something the Mets desperately needed last season and still need at the backend of their bullpen. Mejia saved 28 games a season ago and will start the year in the closers role as Bobby Parnell works his way back from Tommy John surgery. Mejia wasn’t necessarily a lights out closer last season, but he was also wasn’t a step down from Parnell. Assuming Mejia comes out strong April, it would be hard for the Mets to remove him for the closers role for Parnell, who has yet to come close to his high 90s, near triple digit velocity. When all is said and done, I expect Parnell to be the 7th or 8th inning guy with Jeurys Familia and Mejia continues on as closer and gets over 30 saves this season.