The New York Mets have been linked in rumors with outfielder Justin Upton, but the realism is they can't score him without dealing prospects that they just received.
The Mets with a glaring hole in their outfield might have to settle on Scott Hairston and give him a two year deal. There has been mention of the Nationals trying to move OF/1B Mike Morse, but the realism is the Nationals probably would not trade him within their own division.
The Mets have been playing possum with the starting pitching market as many think they are waiting for the price to drop as each day passes and spring training looms closer. The Mets have room for at least one starter with Johan Santana, Matt Harvey, Jon Niese and Dillon Gee penciled into the rotation right now.
Under GM Sandy Alderson, the Mets have typically looked to low cost, one year options signing players like Chris Capuano and Chris Young, who were looking to rebuild their value.
Erik Bedard, Carl Pavano and Jair Jurrjens might fall into that category among this year's free agents. The Mets have been linked to other names like Shawn Marcum, but the price has been too high..
The Mets are not likely to be suitors for pricier starters like Kyle Lohse and Joe Saunders who are looking for long term deals.
As a last resort, the Mets can trade for Aaron Harrang or Chris Capuano who the Dodgers would love to move and (probably the Mets style) CHEAP!
Building a better bullpen should also be a priority for the Mets, after their 2012 pen posted the second worst ERA in the game.
They are especially in need of left-hand relief help, making Manny Parra, J.C. Romero and Rafael Perez names to watch in connection with New York.
The Mets are likely waiting for the closer market to shrink at this point, eyeing a bargain among names like Jose Valverde, Rafael Soriano, Brian Wilson and Matt Capps after contenders like Detroit and Toronto are done shopping.