- Robinson Cano: The reality is, Cano will be 31 and may not stick at second for the remainder of his career. The reality ALSO is that he’ll cost a lot of money and the Mets seem to have the position reasonably covered with Daniel Murphy, Wilmer Flores, Wilfredo Tovar, Danny Muno, Phillip Evans and Gavin Cecchini. The reality ALSO ALSO is that Robinson Cano is one of the league’s best hitters and that he would be an asset wherever he went.
I don’t think I’m alone in thinking that Cano is not destined for the Mets. I mean… I love the guy as a player but can anyone see the Yankees letting him go to the OTHER team in New York unless something was wrong with him?
- Adam Wainwright: Wainwright is interesting. He’s a quality player and he’s a pitcher. Now… the Mets will have Jonathon Niese, Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler and Dillon Gee entering 2014 with the likes of Rafael Montero, Cory Mazzoni, Michael Fulmer, Jacob DeGrom, Luis Mateo and Noah Syndergaard following behind but I kinda like the idea of bringing in an established “impact” arm to anchor the staff.
Wainwright isn’t old and we’ll have all season to establish if he is, in fact, recovered from his surgery and merrily plugging along. Would the Mets take a stab at a big budget pitcher after suffering with the contract of Santana? I don’t know.
- Josh Johnson: Johnson is now in the AL East. For better or worse he’s gone from Miami and will need to succeed with bigger bats and DH’s. I’m not sure it’ll be a success for Johnson but I do not think he’s doomed to have a dismal run of it in Toronto either.
Frankly, if Johnson doesn’t come off gloriously in Toronto it might lead more directly to the Mets signing him. His talent is assured and Citi Field and the NL East will be a welcome respite from the big boppin bats of New York, Boston and Tampa, so Alderson might offer Johnson an opportunity to come to Queens on a lower contract if he DOES struggle. If he doesn’t… he could well be a more expensive option than Wainwright.
- Jacoby Ellsbury: 2013 is an important year for Ellsbury and my gut says that he’ll play well (though perhaps less well than he was) and that Boston will re-sign him. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that he’d fit the Mets who are both bereft of a solid starting CF, a leadoff hitter and star power.
Ellsbury will be an option, but only if he plays well… at which point he’s an expensive option.
- Roy Halladay: On the one hand, Halladay’s numbers are in decline and he’s only getting older. On the other hand we’d be taking one of the pitchers that supports our hated rivals in Philly and he might not cost us a long deal.
Let us imagine Halladay puts out his numbers from 2012 in 2013. The Phillies will look to move on from his contract before the wheels come off. Now let us imagine that the Mets pick him up for 2-3 years. Citi Field is a little bigger than Citizen’s Bank and might be a welcome change for the pitcher.
- Shin-Soo Choo: I happen to like Choo a lot. He’s one of those solid contributors who does a bit of everything. My issue… I don’t think that he has 20 HR power in the big-old park in Flushing. Is a 15/15 OF worth a hefty free agent contract?
I can’t see the Mets moving on Choo who, while he does everything, doesn’t do enough of anything to guarantee a big contract.
- Brian McCann: Hoss! While I’d love to grab someone from Atlanta or Philadelphia it’s not the player or position we need right now.
- Tim Lincecum: Lincecum is scary but like Johnson has the potential for a lower risk and higher return.
Unlike Johnson, Lincecum is also used to pitching in a big park, has bad mechanics and already diminishing “Stuff” so I’m probably gonna vote to pass.
- Matt Garza: Garza will make a lot of sense ESPECIALLY without a qualifying offer but I don’t want the Mets to commit more than 4 years to any free agent pitcher.
I see Garza being traded and re-signed by a contender in 2013 so I think the point is moot.
- Hunter Pence: Pence is a good option for the Mets although I don’t love his power in a big park. I think we’ll see full-well how he would fair in Citi Field by how he does in San Fancisco’s big park in 2013.
Unlike Choo, I think that on the right deal Pence is a solid enough hitter for a corner role. Now people might think I’m crazy to say anyone isn’t worth it given the Mets outfielders at present, but I’m saying that Choo is likely not worth a bloat free agent pay-day. It’s different.