The Mets have had a busy offseason this winter and Mets manager Mickey Callaway is expecting things to be different in his second season in Queens.
Callaway, in an interview with MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM on Monday, says they have "significantly upgraded" the team and credits GM Brodie Van Wagenen's tireless efforts to improve the club.
What particularly stands out to Callaway, though, is how different the lineup will be in 2019.
"We're going to be able to compete no matter how well the other pitcher pitches or who is pitching against us," he said. "Even when a pitcher is on his game, they give you a chance. I felt at times last year, when a pitcher was having a good night we just were going to lose. We just weren't going to score enough runs. Even when Jacob (deGrom) was holding teams to under two runs. That could get frustrating."
The Mets traded for left-handed slugger Robinson Cano, signed catcher Wilson Ramos and infielder Jed Lowrie to bolster their roster. First base prospect Peter Alonso also enters Spring Training with high expectations to make the team and provide some pop.
Yet, Callaway cites the importance of what new hitting coach Chili Davis brings to the table.
"We felt the need to change our approach. We brought in a hitting coach that teaches this," he said. "We brought in players to perform this way. ... You have to have that ability to put the bat on the ball and we went and acquired some guys who could do that."
While the Mets have definitely made plenty of moves to improve the club, there is still discussion that they are involved in trade talks, particularly for an outfielder, and Callaway would not shut the door for more moves to come.
"We're in a really good spot going into spring training," he said. "If there's more to be done, we will try to do it."