Similar to their previous off seasons to address the team's needs, the Mets are making their moves through trade and minor league deals. After trading 2012 Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey in a trade that looks to tackle the Mets' long plagued catching issues, along with bolstering it's farm system, GM Sandy Alderson signed former Colorado Rockies OF Andrew Brown to a minor league contract. This being an attempt to assist in their outfield. Though it may seem minor, keep in mind R.A. Dickey also came in to the organization a journeyman and…on a minor league deal.
Through locking up prolific Met and fan favorite David Wright to an eight-year $138 million contract, the team's big remaining issues are pitching and the outfield.
Starting Pitching: With trading Dickey, the Mets created a whole in their starting rotation. Considering a healthy Johan Santana would come in this season as the presumed Ace, you would have in most scenarios Matt Harvey as your number two, Jon Niese at number three, and a healthy Dillon Gee at number four. Leaving out the fact there is no definite fifth starter, an important factor to note is the health of our four starting pitchers. Though all appear to be on track for a healthy and on time debut for 2013, you can't predict what skeletons will or won't rear their head.
Which is why the team is looking to acquire another veteran starting pitcher. Possible names being brought up are Shaun Marcum, Carl Pavano, Joe Saunders, and of course, Chris Young. Another possible route would be to see which of their young starting pitchers are ready to take that next step. Some familiar faces being considered are Jeremy Hefner, Colin McHugh, Henry Mejia, and possibly Zach Wheeler for that fifth spot coming into spring training.
Relief Pitching: Like Andrew Brown, the opted to sign their own free agent Tim Byrdak to a minor league contract. Tim was great coming in last season as a lefty specialist. With Robert Carson, Josh Edgin, and Bobby Parnell, the team has a fairly young bullpen. Not to mention Jeurys Familia being notched for the bullpen. The team is looking to find a back up to Closer Frank Francisco should injury or poor performance occur. Possible names being thrown out there for that role are Matt Capps, a trip down memory lane in Francisco Rodriguez, or Jose Valverde.
The Outfield: Looking at the current outfield we have Lucas Duda. Possible outfielders being Kirk Neiwenhuis, Jordany Valdespin, and/or Andrew Brown. The organization have been noted as looking towards free-agent Scott Hairston again who hit .263 and 20 home runs for the Mets last season.
I don't see the organization making any moves outside of minor league contracts and one-year deals. The reason behind not mentioning any possible trades is because the Mets are looking to do two things, one being build from within prospects and saving money through just that. The only moves I see possibly happening from here to spring training is Scott Hairston to a one year deal and Shaun Marcum/Chris Young to a minor league deal.Tags: Baseball, MLB, New York Mets