With the bulk of the off-season behind the New York Mets, it is now time to begin countdown until pitchers and catchers report on February 13. Since the Mets are still the only team in the majors to not sign a free agent up until this point, would it be jumping to conclusions to believe that 2013 will be every bit as harrowing as 2012? That is where many will have differing opinions.
In my own estimate, the off-season that the Mets have just put us through has been poor. Yes, they signed David Wright to a contract that will keep him in a Mets uniform until he retires. Of course, GM Sandy Alderson received excellent talent back for Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, while bolstering the farm system with minor league talent that will get an invite to spring training.
But the Mets are still lacking a fifth starter, since it is evident that they will be looking outside of the organization instead of going with home grown talent. The Mets also are an outfielder away from filling the void that will surely hinder them if they stick with what they have currently. The Mets are also in need of some arms for the bullpen, and we all know that the remaining pitchers left are not anything that will cause a fan, or Terry Collins for that matter, to jump up and down for joy.
So when will Alderson make his move? He claims that there is plenty of time between now and February, but if Scott Hairston comes off the board, then the only way to boost his outfield would most likely be in a trade. If Chris Young and maybe a Shaun Marcum come out of play, then the starting pitching pool will be almost nonexistent. So Alderson would have no choice but to fill a roster out of the young talent, or lack thereof, the Mets have in the minor leagues.
Over the next few weeks, I will be keying in at every position heading into spring training. Hopefully, the Mets will have answered some of the questions that myself and most fans are asking. If not, then the 2013 MLB season may be one of the longest 162 game stretches we have witnessed in recent history.
This team will undoubtedly give us hope for the future with young stars such as Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Travis d’Arnaud, Jenrry Mejia, Juerys Familia and possibly even Matt Den Dekker. This team will also make us believe in Ike Davis, Ruben Tejada and David Wright as the core. But the role players that surround this talent needs to be better. The Mets are not far from being a contender, but Alderson must take that step over the next 35 days to prove that he is able to round out a full roster with more than just minor leaguers that will sometimes play over their head.
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