Since taking over as Mets GM, Brodie Van Wagenen's words have been just as aggressive as his offseason approach. And that continued at Jed Lowrie's introductory press conference on Wednesday.
In his last introductory press conference -- this one for C Wilson Ramos -- Van Wagenen said, "Internally, we can argue we're the favorites in the division right now." Well, he didn't stray away from that mindset as he said he is anxious to show teams, especially in the NL East, what the Mets are capable of this season.
"I look forward to showing people that we're a team to be reckoned with," Van Wagenen told reporters. "Let's not be shy on wanting to be the best and I fully expect us to be competitive, to be a winning team. Our goal is to win a championship and it starts with the division. So come get us."
At this point, we are used to Van Wagenen showing confidence in his team, and more importantly, the moves he has made to improve his roster. From Robinson Cano to Wilson Ramos to Lowrie, he is bringing in the pieces necessary to live up to his claims.
But is Van Wagenen done making moves? At first, it looked that way as he began to add depth pieces like J.D. Davis, Rajai Davis, and Gregor Blanco to the club. The Lowrie signing proved that wasn't the case, though, and the Mets are still linked to free agents like A.J. Pollock.
However, Van Wagenen noted being content with how his roster is shaped at the moment. At least, that's what he said on record.
"We'll never rule out looking at great players," he told SNY's Andy Martino in an exclusive 1-on-1 interview after the press conference. "And if we can find a way to make deals happen, we'll be creative with it. I think from a fit standpoint -- both in the outfield and in the infield -- I think we're in pretty good position as we go forward."
Whether or not Van Wagenen adds another fresh face this offseason, let's hope the Mets can back up his bold statements when the season kicks off.