I know the Mets Fans are going crazy over not having a big winter. Mike Francesa (WFAN) is chanting his words against Sandy Alderson saying that the season is already over for the New York Mets. He and Sandy Alderson will probably have that debate on WFAN this week, which will be interesting.
The Mets will remain to be patient (According to Sandy) and see if they can find deals to fit this ball club. The Mets still have to find relievers, preferably a lefty or two. I know the Mets fans do not want to see Ollie P in a big spot against a lefty. They will look into the lost and found section of starting pitchers which will include one of the following, Brandon Webb, Chris Young, and Jeff Francis with the real possibility of Young coming here.
The Mets will find short term backup solutions in the outfield this year with Reed Johnson as the leading candidate, Fred Lewis, and Jerry Hairston Jr. in the tow.
The Mets have 4 possible second basemen going into camp. They have Luis "Get Me Out Of Town" Castillo (or GMOOT for short), Daniel "The Comeback Kid" Murphy, Rubin "Should I stay or should I go now" Tejada, and Rule 5 draft pick, Brad Emaus. Who's swing reminds me of Dan Uggla a little bit.
Out of that group, one of them will more likely play everyday. I would love to see a fresh start at that position and not see Castillo there sitting there like a DEAD DUCK. I prefer to see a mix of Murphy (1B/2B/3B/LF) , Tejada (2B/SS), and Emaus (2B/3B) lingering at the bag, with Castillo playing checkers at a nearby park..
The Mets will have many free agent alternatives in 2012 because the crop of 2B will be slightly better. They can get free agent alternatives like Dan Uggla, Richie Weeks lead the way, Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips, Toronto's Aaron Hill and Florida's Omar Infante also are facing option decisions and could be added to this list next winter. Also Kelly Johnson, Jose Lopez, Freddy Sanchez, Mark Ellis - and old standby Orlando Hudson who always remains a possibility for NY.
Aside from the dead-wood deals of Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez, the Mets also will have to either re-sign or replace core players Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes and Francisco Rodriguez next winter, with the latter owning
an exorbitant vesting option for 2012. That would give them a $60 million cushion going into 2012. It's safe to say the Mets will have some resources to buy extra equipment next year.
In the Outfield to replace Beltran will be a list that contains Toronto's 54-homer man Jose Bautista, San Fran playoff hero Cody Ross, plus Michael Cuddyer (who is Wright's best friend), David DeJesus, Coco Crisp and Jonny Gomes. Among those with 2012 options are Grady Sizemore, Nick Swisher and Bobby Abreu. Since many of those alternatives are corner outfielders, you would assume that Pagan will be left in center next year..If the Mets can get Grady Sizemore if he becomes available, that point remains moot.
If the Mets lay off Jose Reyes next off-season they will have a list of candidates that will include Jimmy "The Enemy" Rollins, J.J. Hardy, Jason Bartlett, Jack Wilson. I think there best bet here is to keep Jose Reyes or if they might feel Prospect Wilmer Flores is ready enough to take the helm. We will see depending on how much or little Reyes contributes this year and of course how Flores develops.
Starting pitching will not have many stars in the field next year. The list remains short for starters that include Mark Buehrle, C.J. Wilson, Edwin Jackson, Gil Meche... That pool could grow much deeper, though, depending on high-priced option decisions for Roy Oswalt ($16 million), Chris Carpenter ($15 million), Adam Wainwright ($10 million). But the Mets can't depend on that..
It going to be interesting to see if the Mets use the trade tool in their arsenal to find some starters for 2012 and beyond.
In the closers section after the dismissal of K-Rod's contract in 2012. The Mets can look at Heath Bell, Jonathan Papelbon and Jonathon Broxton - with Brad Lidge, Joe Nathan, and Jose Valverde among those with club options for the following year.
It's going to be interesting how this club shapes up after one year. I know it's not going to be this year because of many financial restrictions, but our overall outlook past this season could be a fresh change that every Mets Fan wants..