With the new baseball season upon us, The Athletic's Jayson Stark released his annual Spring Training Preview to catch a glimpse at what some in the game think happened this offseason.
The extensive report saw Stark poll "30 esteemed baseball managers, coaches, scouts and executives" to see what they believed about how the league shapes out this season based on certain questions.
One of those questions asked who the most improved team was in the National League, and the Mets came out on top with 24 votes. Next, was an NL East rival in the Phillies with 22 votes, with the Reds (20), Nationals (10) and Cardinals (10) rounding out the Top 5.
The "esteemed" panel clearly loves the moves new GM Brodie Van Wagenen has made, which includes adding Robinson Cano, Edwin Diaz and Jed Lowrie, while also re-signing Jeurys Familia. The Mets have roster depth for once, and these baseball people can see it going a long way this season.
As for the other questions, Stark asked which manager or front office executive this season could be on the hot seat. Despite his struggles last season, Mickey Callaway wasn't at the top of the list. He did receive a few votes, but not as many as Phillies manager Gabe Kapler and the Phillies' front office who led the group with nine votes.
Overall, it appears the baseball world is bullish on the Mets this season after their necessary offseason moves adds to the fire power they already possess on the hill.