Mets GM Sandy Alderson first means of business will be the contract of Jose Reyes.. For their part, the Mets will enter these Meetings believing they at least have the right of last refusal on Reyes, should the Marlins or some other team blow him away with a nine-figure offer. So Alderson will continue to sit back and wait on Reyes, using the Winter Meetings as a springboard for other activities instead.
If Reyes does not sign with the Mets, the Mets have been rumored to have interest in SS Jack Wilson ...
The Next part of Alderson's agenda will be concentrated on the bullpen. The Mets hope to land one or two late-inning relievers to improve the bullpen. Though several former closers have already hooked on with new teams,
the market is so stocked with relievers that more than a half-dozen potential closers remain at large, including Matt Capps, Brad Lidge, Francisco Cordero and Frank Francisco. Inking one of them in Dallas would help the Mets solve one of their most urgent issues heading into the season, after blowing saves at what Alderson called "a spectacular rate" during the second half of last summer.
"In some respects, we're in a much better situation than we were last year," Alderson said earlier this month of his relief corps, before voicing his overall dissatisfaction with the group. "Not a perfect situation. Not something we're happy with."
The final contingent that Sandy Alderson has to face, is how to fix the rotation now that Chris Capuano has price himself out of the Mets Market for back-end rotation help.. The Mets will look to fill that spot with one of following :Joel Pineiro, Jeff Francis, Jason Marquis or some other similar starter at the Meetings.
The Mets have smaller issues to fill like the bench..The Mets inked converted outfielder Adam Loewen to a Minor League deal last week, they need to sign at least one more backup outfielder and perhaps a new catcher.
All in All, it should be interesting how Mr. Alderson pieces all this team together...