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