With the signing of Curtis Granderson, the New York Mets solidified their outfield for the 2014 season, and can now work on several of their other offseason priorities as the MLB Winter Meetings begin. But what exactly should the Mets be working on as the offseason kicks into full gear?
The issue that deserves a bulk of their attention is their quandary at first base. It’s inevitable that the team will trade either Ike Davis or Lucas Duda this offseason, and now that the outfield is settled, this needs to become a priority. Davis has a list of several suitors and is the most likely to be traded, but whether the Mets trade him straight up for another major league player in order to fill one of their other needs or try to package him in a bigger trade is unclear at this point.
Either way, the Mets should complete or be close to completing a trade involving either Davis or Duda by the end of the week.
The Mets also need to turn their attention to their starting rotation. Unless the Mets are counting on a few of their top pitching prospects being on their opening day roster, they have two rotation spots to fill behind Jon Niese, Zack Wheeler and Dillon Gee, and it’s time they got to work on filling those spots. Bronson Arroyo would be an ideal pickup, but for some reason the Mets’ interest in him has been lukewarm.
If it’s not Arroyo, the Mets need to find someone that they pencil into their rotation soon.
Finally, there’s the elephant in the room: shortstop. The Mets don’t want to go back to Ruben Tejada and none of their top shortstop prospects are viable options just yet, so they need to find someone outside the organization. But with Jhonny Peralta signing elsewhere, the options are quickly dwindling, and they will need to use the Winter Meetings to get creative to find a solution, which likely means trading for a shortstop.
The signing of Granderson is a step in the right direction for the Mets as it solidifies their outfield for next season, but there is still a lot left to do this offseason, and it’s time for Sandy Alderson and company to get to work.