NL East: Ronny Maurici-no

New York Mets

The Mets just got hit with a record $101 million luxury tax for a team that finished fourth in the National League East, which is a good reminder that big contracts to veteran stars doesn't guarantee a championship to any team. As if that reminder wasn't bad enough, they also lost star prospect Ronny Mauricio to a torn ACL during the Dominican Winter League. Mauricio was a September call up for a 2023 Mets team that couldn't decide whether they should let the kids play or give those at bats to Daniel Vogelbach instead. But after non-tendering Vogelbach and four other veteran players in November, in addition to parting ways with former manager Buck Showalter, the Mets signaled 2024 would be a season to see what they had in...


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