We promise you, we will work hard to field a competitive team in 2024. Our core group of experienced players including Brandon Nimmo, Francisco Lindor, Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil and Edwin Diaz, plus supplementation in the free agent market, will allow us to put together a formidable team next season.
Formidable is a relative term. It seems quite unlikely that the 2024 Mets will be formidable in the sense that they will challenge the Braves for the Eastern Division title or be a serious threat to win a World Series championship. Given all the money that Cohen is eating from players traded away, particularly pitchers Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander, it's unsurprising that Cohen admitted that expectations would be lower for the 2024 Mets than they were this season. The Mets weren't going to be chasing the top of the free agent market while paying so much cash for guys to be playing elsewhere, although Cohen noted he didn't "want to roll a team out there that we're gonna be embarrassed by."
I've been thinking about this over the last few days. There is still a core in place for a competitive team. You could still build an offense around Pete Alonso, Brandon Nimmo, Francisco Álvarez, and Francisco Lindor, particularly if Jeff McNeil and Starling Marte can recover at least some of their 2022 form. Granted, there are big question marks, but it's not hopeless.