How Can The New York Mets Improve For The 2014 Season? Start With Some Outfielders!
The New York Mets have struggled this year, but they are hoping to be able to do much better next year.
With solid players such as Third Baseman David Wright, Pitcher Matt Harvey, and an up and coming star in Jenrry Mejia the Mets have key players that they can build a good team around for the years to come.
If they want to improve, they need to do something. To do this, they will likely pick up some free agents and possibly make a trade or two.
If they want to pick up some free agents, they can go after outfielders such as Shin-Soo Choo of the Cincinnati Reds who would help defensively in Center Field and could also hit lead-off or anywhere else in the line-up if asked.
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Another option would be Boston Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury.
Ellsbury didn’t have the best season last year, but could still help the team as he can hit and is solid in the field.
One other possible free agent they can go after would be Michael Morse of the Washington Nationals. More isn’t a big name like Choo or Ellsbury but he would still improve the NL East team.
One other way the team could go about getting better would be to make a trade after the year.
A trade maybe a little more cost conscious, however this team will need to dip into the Free Agency Market eventually, and this crop of Outfielders is strong.
The team ought to be prepared to spend some money either way, because this low budget OF isn’t going to cut it versus the Nationals, Braves – or even the Marlins young gunners in the near future.
If this were to happen, it would make the Mets infield much better and would add more depth and would put good players on the field with David Wright.
If the team wants to go after a pitcher, they could go after Matt Garza who currently pitches for the Cubs. When healthy, Garza is a very strong starting pitcher and would help New York a lot.
Although he is suspended for the remainder of the regular season, Nelson Cruz would also be a viable option for the Mets to think about picking up.
The Mets need to pull the trigger to aid the young pitching on the squad
Whether it comes as soon as the winter starts by signing free agents or if they want to go out and make a trade for another pitcher or certain position players they need to do something because Wright and Harvey can’t do it alone.
In the end, its going to take more than one offseason to fix the Mets, as they have a decent amount of holes both on the field and in the batting order that will need to be taken care of before they can be considered contenders.
To do that, they should begin by making sure David Wright and Matt Harvey are lifetime Mets and then they can build the franchise around them from both the inside with the farm system and the outside by making trades and picking up free agents.
New York has potential to be a good team, but they need to make some moves first.
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Posted on August 20, 2013, in The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged 2014 free agency MLB, @danwanser on twitter, boston redsox, Brian McCann, carlos ruiz, dan wanser, david wright, emilio bonifacio, free agents, jacoby ellsbury, jenrry mejia, john buck, kansas city royals, matt garza, matt harvey, national league east, nelson cruz, new york mets, rebuilding, shin-soo choo, trades. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.