New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson took over the job after the 2010 season. He has done a good job of revamping the farm system as well as making flexibility in the payroll to sign key free agents a few years down the line. After five straight years of finishing lower than second place in the National League East, the time to sign those key free agents that Alderson has worked toward is now.
Alderson and his special assistant J.P. Ricciardi are both in agreement that the team needs bats. The Mets are going to look at the offense and overhaul it this winter. To do that Alderson is going to need to spend money, and if it is going to cost the team $25-$50 million each to get guys like Curtis Granderson, Nelson Cruz or Jhonny Peralta, then New York is going to have to bite the bullet on this one.
The Mets seem to be set on players like catcher Travis d’Arnaud and outfielder Juan Lagares, but they do have trade-able assets like Ike Davis or Lucas Duda. The Mets may also look to acquire a veteran pitcher like Bronson Arroyo or Ubaldo Jimenez to add to the depth of the pitching rotation while Matt Harvey sits out due to Tommy John surgery.
Whatever moves Alderson makes, they are going to be moves that put fans in the seats and make the Mets contenders in 2014. If he does not do so, his club option for 2015 will not get picked up and the Mets will continue to decline.