Mets manager Mickey Callaway was asked during his first press conference of Spring Training whether he needed to "sell" the players on being able to contend. And he was not shy about his expectations.
"They look to their left and they look to their right and they know they can contend," Callaway said. "We have the players to do it."
"It's become very evident in my short time here. ... I have now spent some time with our coaching staff. I've spent time with our players. It is very evident that we are prepared in every way to go out there and do something special. If we do not do things, it's gonna be on me. The front office has gotten us the players. The coaching staff is the best coaching staff in the big leagues."
The Mets went 70-92 last season during a year when their team -- and starting rotation in particular -- was decimated by injuries.
Callaway has now seen all of his pitchers in action, and was not shy about proclaiming how special they can be.
"I've never seen anything like it.," he said. "The amount of very good arms with quality stuff that we have here in this Mets organization? I promise you nobody else has that."
The Mets have brought back the majority of the team they ended last season with -- which also consists of most of the players who helped them reach the World Series in 2015 and the Wild Card game in 2016.
Among the new faces are 3B Todd Frazier, OF Jay Bruce (who the Mets traded to the Indians last season when they fell out of contention), RH reliever Anthony Swarzak, and 1B Adrian Gonzalez.