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Five Players for the New York Mets to Sign Cheap

Kim Klement - USA Today

The New York Mets don't have much money to spend. Recent rumors have indicated that the team only has about $40 million to spend for this season in total. That amount isn't awful, as it leaves them with enough to hopefully sign a big name. However, that doesn't seem likely at this point.

For the Mets to improve in the 2014 season, they need to find those value players. These are guys who won't get paid a whole lot, but can end up making a huge impact. Some of these players are just average talent. They don't make a lot of noise when they play, but do the little things right.

Other players are guys coming off horrific or injury-plagued seasons. These types of players can be even cheaper. A guy like Delmon Young earned under $1 million, and he ended up becoming an impact bat for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Many times, bringing in an injury-prone player doesn't make a difference because they're always hurt. But think of Francisco Liriano. Not only was he always hurt, his performance when healthy also left people scratching their heads.

This article will highlight five guys who can help the Mets in a big way. None of these guys would cost a lot, and each would be a one-year signing. If the Mets aren't going to get the big guys on the market, there should be no reason to panic and overpay or go long-term with someone who isn't worth it.

People have stated the Mets are a big-market team acting like a small-market one, and this will help them keep acting that way.

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5. Jon Garland

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Jon Garland had a dumpy 2013 season, but he has never been that bad. The good news for the Mets is that he continues to bounce around between teams. He may want a longer deal, but even at a two-year deal, Garland is still a good signing.

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4. Reed Johnson

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Finally, we get to one of those guys who does the little things. Reed Johnson has been a good all around player for sometime now. He doesn't do anything great, but he can be a valuable fourth outfielder, who can give you solid playing time.

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3. Jeff Francoeur

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Jeff Francoeur already had a shot with the Mets, but with different leadership throughout the organization, it wouldn't be crazy to try him again. Francouer has plenty of talent and has had serious trouble playing consistent, but with his career in the sewers, he'll be cheap.

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2. Grady Sizemore

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Remember when Grady Sizemore actually played? He is one of those guys who can't stay healthy, but if he can, some of that magic may return. This is one of those signings that can end up giving a team a surprise All-Star.

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1. Joe Saunders

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Joe Saunders is coming off a dreadful 2013 season. The good news for him is that he's never been that bad. The good news for the Mets is that he was that bad. Saunders can come in for a year, eat up innings and throw up solid numbers.