|Could be a Met in 2014?|
I have been following the early rumors and whispers so far and what I have heard has not excited me and hope I am wrong. The Mets will be looking to upgrade some important offensive positions and have many options to choose from. I have outlined each position of interest with My Predictions and opinions for each.
The Mets have a glaring hole at shortstop since the Reyes departure and could be looking to upgrade with Ruben Tejada's status uncertain. The Mets so far have been linked to names such as Jhonny Peralta, Stephen Drew, and the big one, Troy Tulowitzki. There even has been talk of Jose Reyes coming back to Queens via trade. Strange, but True. Last but not least, Yunel Escobar, who could be released by Tampa Bay to save money could be last resort.
My Prediction: Jhonny Peralta - I think the Mets will go cheap and get Peralta off his suspension. I would rather get Tulowitzki, but injuries scare me and I'm sure the Mets.
The outfield will be a main topic of conversation after the World Series ends.. The Mets will most likely try and get a difference maker in the corner outfield spots. The Trade Market will have players who most likely will be traded to shed money off their payroll. That list will include Carlos Gonzalez, Michael Cuddyer, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Jose Bautista. Then there will always be a Giancarlo Stanton alert for prospects. The rest will have to be free agents that could interest the Mets like Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran, and Marlon Byrd, Nelson Cruz, and Shin-Soo Choo..
My Prediction: Andre Ethier and Marlon Byrd - Ethier to me, will be the easiest to obtain in a trade and I think the Mets will give Marlon Byrd another shot in New York. I rather the Mets get CarGo from the Rockies and get Ellsbury like I said in the past, but this the Wilpons, not Fantasy League.
First base could be upgraded, but the Mets have Lucas Duda, Ike Davis, and Josh Satin. They could also elect Daniel Murphy to move over there.. The Mets can also go outside the box with a free agent signing like Jose Abreu, Justin Morneau, Mike Napoli or even trade for someone like Edwin Encarnacion..
My Predicition: Ike Davis/Josh Satin Platoon. Another shot for each. I'd rather see the Mets get a unknown like Cuban Defector Abreu and see what he is got.
The Mets have to make a decision if Travis d'Arnaud can handle everyday duties behind the dish. The Mets can supplement with an addition of Jarrod Saltalamacchia or even bring back John Buck. Brian McCann might be out of the Mets price range.
My Predicition: Jarrod Saltalamacchia and D'Arnaud will platoon. Salty will provide leadership and power from the leftside that the Mets have been lacking. I think Salty would provide some pop and be in the Mets price range.
The Mets can make a big slash in the Trade Market for a Starting Pitcher with David Price dangling into front of the Mets eyes and Matt Harvey in recovery. But the offense looks to be priority and is sure to look a whole lot different in 2014. The Mets might have to go Free Agent route for starters.