A veteran All-Star infielder that has proven to be consistent at the plate, and a young shutdown closer that led the league in saves last season have been added to Mets manager Mickey Callaway's roster.
So, yeah, you can probably guess how happy he was at Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz' introductory press conference on Tuesday.
"Obviously, I'm very excited.," Callaway told SNY's Steve Gelbs. "We have two players that are going to be in Mets uniforms that are at the top of their game. Robinson Cano, one of the most thoughtful baseball people I've ever been around. I had a chance to eat dinner with him last night and get to hear his thoughts on baseball and his love for the game and hitting. It's going to help our players tremendously."
"I got to see Edwin Diaz pitch against us in Cleveland and it's wipeout, electric stuff at the back end of the game. We were very excited to have both of these guys and there's going to be a lot to learn from both of them."
During his their dinner together Monday night, Callaway said he and Cano indulged on an in-depth conversation about how much the game means to him, and what pieces of Cano's veteran knowledge can be passed on to the rest of the team.
Hitting was the hot topic.
"His overall approach to hitting is something I felt we lacked at times last year," Callaway explained. "The ability to understand exactly what the pitcher is trying to do and make an adjustment whether it's 'OK, this guy is going to stay away and we're going to slap the ball the other way.' When he makes a mistake, we're going to drive the ball into the seats. Be just a more overall, dynamic hitter and those are the things he thinks about every single day."
They may not have had dinner together, but Callaway is very familiar with Diaz' resume in his early MLB career. Spending time as the Indians pitching coach, Callaway came across Diaz on a couple occasions, and he came away impressed by how quickly he adjusted to his move to the bullpen.
And, of course, he loves his dominating stuff.
"I got to see him right when he was moved to the bullpen and he wasn't necessarily the closer at the time," Callaway said. "We got to see him in games, and he was kind of spraying the ball around a little bit as a young kid. Then a month later, I come back and he's facing us again, and it's almost like pin-point accuracy with 100 [mph] with a wipeout slider. He obviously adjusts really quick. He has a passion for pitching, you can see that when he's out there on the mound. He shows fire, he shows that poise that you need in a closer."
Callaway's excitement about Cano and Diaz joining the squad was apparently reiterated by the players to GM Brodie Van Wagenen, who said he received texts and calls saying they liked the move. Whether or not these new faces will live up to the hype is the big question, but on paper, it doesn't disappoint.
And the best part? Callaway will probably be happier as the offseason progresses, with Van Wagenen continuing his pursuit to bolster the Mets' lineup for 2019.