As the New York Mets have all but given up on 2012, the offseason should be quite exciting as fans see just where Fred and Jeff Wilpon want to take their club. The braintrust, Sandy Alderson and his crew of top executives have their work cut out for them as there is very little to play with in the position the Mets need to improve. Just look at the possibilities and you will see that 2013 just might not be their year either.
One position that can use an infusion is catcher, but realistically how can you upgrade a position that is in decline across the majors the past few years. Will the likes of Mike Napoli from the Texas Rangers or A.J. Pierzynski from the Chicago White Sox help this club? How about soon to be New York Yankee castoff Russell Martin? You see, these players will not be much, if any, of an upgrade over Josh Thole and Rob Johnson. Maybe Mike Nickeas, but I won’t go there. To me, the catcher position does not have the quality that it once had and a team is lucky to have a great defensive catcher or a proven hitter, but usually not both.
So let’s move on. How about the outfield situation? Other than B.J. Upton of the Tampa Bay Rays or brother Justin Upton of the Arizona Diamondbacks, where is Alderson going to turn? Melky Cabrera? Haven’t fans seen enough of him over the course of this series in San Francisco that we do not want to see him patrolling CitiField? There are others out there, and anyone is better than Jason Bay, but can the Mets upgrade substantially? Only time will tell.
In my eyes, other than a reliever or two, the New York Mets do not need any pitching because of their young arms coming through the system. They are also set at 1st, SS, 3rd, and you can even get away with Daniel Murphy for another year at 2nd. Hopefully someone will be uncovered in the offseason that makes sense to the penny-pinching owners, but as most Mets fans come to understand, it is usually a long cold winter in Flushing. Believe as you have come to do each year, but look towards 2014 as the positive turn for the better for this dismal franchise.
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