It is no mystery that if you look at the New York Mets roster, there is one glaring weakness that most would say hinders them from competing fully in the 2013 MLB season: the outfield. While GM Sandy Alderson and the Mets may have missed the boat on free agent outfielder Michael Bourn, who signed with the Cleveland Indians, they were able to acquire Marlon Byrd, who has an upside if he can regain his past form.
But there is one name out there who could be an interesting acquisition if it were to happen. That would be Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano. The rumor mill has Soriano not exactly asking for a trade, but willing to at least listen to talks, as long as it is with one of the seven teams that he has labeled as willing to go to. Yes, the Mets happen to be one of those teams.
The reasons the Mets should stay away from Soriano is obvious: he is 37 years old and is not a long-term fix. With Bourn, the Mets could have received a viable 30 year old outfielder for the next four to five years. With Soriano, the Mets will get 25-30 homers, but then would have to invest in someone else in another year or two. The Mets will be fine with their current outfield situation through 2013, I assure you.
I would rather see them save their money, even though the Cubs would pick up most of Soriano’s salary just to unload him. The free agent class of outfielders will be rich again in 2014, and that is where the Mets should focus their energy, since their farm system will not produce a top of the line player to fill their needs.
With the Mets pitching staff, infield and catching situation set for the relative future, having to spend money in the outfield will not be a problem for Alderson and the Wilpons, and by adding one or two free agents, this team can become competitive very quickly. Hopefully the Mets stay away from Soriano, and allow Byrd, Lucas Duda, Mike Baxter and even Matt den Dekker the freedom they need to earn their jobs, instead of clogging their outfield with more dead weight.