It’s a fair enough deal; Bruce has hit 25 or more home runs in seven of the last eight seasons, and while his defense is certainly nothing special (or close to it), he can provide some necessary outfield depth to a club whose situation currently involves many prayers for the healthy return of Michael Conforto and Yoenis Cespedes. (He reportedly might also see some time at first base, after rookie Dom Smith struggled there last year.) A decent move on its own, then, but one that can easily seem frustrating in the context of a very quiet Mets offseason that seems unlikely to get any louder. Given the notorious stinginess of the team’s ownership, the chances of another big move look slim—meaning that the plan for improving on last year’s 70-win club is just... trying to recreate said club.

The Mets, of course, are far from the only team that has been mostly quiet this winter: