Even though the Mets have struggled to a 20-25 record through late May, GM Brodie Van Wagenen still believes his current group of players has what it takes to be contenders.
"I don't have regrets from this offseason," Van Wagenen said at a press conference Monday. "When I said publicly and privately that I believed that we could create a contending team, I believed that wholeheartedly. I believed it then and I believe that there is still enough talent in this room to get back in contention this year."
Some of the offseason moves the Mets made -- and didn't make -- have been heavily scrutinized early on. Among them, not pursuing either free-agent starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel or reliever Craig Kimbrel while the Mets have had Jason Vargas, Wilmer Font and Chris Flexen combine for nine starts entering Monday's game.
The Mets were also in pursuit of All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto but instead signed Wilson Ramos, who has a .238/.306/.315 batting line in 41 games. While they gave up a lot to acquire closer Edwin Diaz (10 saves, 2.16 ERA, 26 strikeouts in 16 2/3 IP) from the Mariners, Robinson Cano (.245/.293/.374, 3 HR, 13 RBIs) hasn't lived up to expectations.
Since a 9-4 start, the Mets are 11-21, falling to third place in the NL East, 6.5 games back of the first-place Phillies after suffering a three-game sweep of the last-place Marlins over the weekend.
"While we haven't won as many games as we believe we are capable of," Van Wagenen said, "we believe we can win those games going forward."
And he believes the team can do it with its current roster.
"I think that as we look at our decisions, it's always important for us, at least from my vantage point, to think about what can we do today to be better tonight and be better tomorrow as we go forward," he said. "The decision to stay the course with these players, this team, is what we felt like is the best decision for the franchise right now."