After a miserable second half collapse that saw the New York Mets finish with only 74 wins, it is clear that the first position Sandy Alderson needs to address this offseason is the outfield. The Mets outfielders as a whole in 2012 were absolutely pathetic at the plate, save for Scott Hairston‘s 20HRs. If they are unable to retain Hairston, they will seriously need to plug in somebody that can hit for average with a bit of pop in their bat.
Recently, there have been rumors swirling about Melky Cabrera being available on the cheap, especially since it seems as if the San Francisco Giants are not interested in keeping him around. Cabrera was suspended by MLB 50 games for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, and even though he was able to play in the postseason, the Giants elected to keep him off their roster.
This may be an interesting situation for the Mets, being that Cabrera could probably be signed for $2-$5M in order to allow a team to see that he can prove himself without the PEDs. This fits right into the Mets payroll, and at 25 years old, Cabrera could be a good gamble on a one year deal.
Alderson needs to investigate all options, and if Cabrera could be a viable option, I do believe that the Mets should seriously consider bringing him in to the organization. As long as Jason Bay is around, there is only so much that can be done in the outfield, as his contract dictates that he will be in the lineup and will not be released prematurely. But with the addition of Cabrera, at least the Mets might find a little power to add to that of Ike Davis, David Wright and Lucas Duda.
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