The New York Mets have had a fairly good offseason so far, and it could also be over. After the signings of Chris Young, Curtis Granderson and Bartolo Colon, the Mets could be out of money for the 2014 season. However, Scott Boras has been trying to pair some of his clients with the team.
That brings up the question: Should the Mets spend more money?
The plan was to limit the offseason to a $40 million payroll increase for this upcoming season. That would leave the Mets with about $7.5 million left to spend if the rumors are true. However, it might be smart to open up and sign one more impact player. Boras thinks Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew would be good fits. Morales would come on a shorter deal, while Drew may command up to five years.
Morales is an interesting case because the Mets have both Ike Davis and Lucas Duda on the roster. While the Mets have an open door on the players, no one seems to be taking a strong interest. If neither player can be moved, signing Morales wouldn’t make much sense.
As far as this offseason goes, Nelson Cruz would be the only other big bat on the market. With the signings of Granderson and Young, it would seem that Cruz is no longer be a fit. That would leave Drew as the only other viable target. Free agency in 2015 doesn’t look to great as far as hitters, with only Hanley Ramirez and J.J. Hardy being guys who would command multi-year deals. There are others, but they have player or team options.
If the Mets could get Drew at a good price, it might be worth it. However, it could be best to explore the trade market over the next year. Drew is a solid player and a shortstop to boot, which only adds to his value. It’s tough, but the Mets may want to open up their wallets just a little more. A good shortstop is hard to find. Drew isn’t a star, so the Mets shouldn’t go all-in on him or even get into a bidding war; but if they can get him for their price, it makes sense.
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