After an emotional and poignant ceremony to induct former catcher Mike Piazza into the team’s Hall of Fame, the New York Mets ended their 2013 season with a win over the Milwaukee Brewers. The win secured third place in the NL East for the Mets, finishing one game ahead of the rival Philadelphia Phillies, a minor detail that has significant meaning for the Mets heading into the 2014 season.
Finishing with a record of 74-88 was a lot closer to the kind of the season the Mets were expecting than the season they were hoping for. But if there’s one thing to be said about the Mets 2013 season, it’s that they never gave up. The team never quit on manager Terry Collins, and the team continued to strive for every win they could get, even after falling out of contention.
If there’s one thing to be said about the upcoming offseason that will lead into the 2014 season, it’s that it will be an eventful one for the Mets. The Mets have roughly $70 million in payroll coming off the books as the contracts of Johan Santana, Jason Bay and Frank Francisco finally expire, which means the Mets could be big players on the free agent market for the first time in several years.
The Mets also have a plethora of needs to address in both their outfield and their infield; they have a few potential trade chips, and they have an ever-growing crop of talented prospect, especially when it comes to pitchers.
There are a lot of decisions to be made and a lot of uncertainty on their roster, which will keep GM Sandy Alderson and the front office busy and the hot stove burning all winter. The Mets have a good foundation for the 2014 season after doing some good work in 2013, but there’s still a lot of work left to do.