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How Can The New York Mets Improve For The 2014 Season? Start With Some Outfielders!

 

New York Mets

As of today, The New York Mets sit in third place in the National League East with a not so good 57-66 record. With that record being nine games under the .500 mark, they need to make some improvements. How will they do that? One way is to pick up some free agents.

By Dan Wanser (MLB Reports Writer)   

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.

Marlon Byrd’s GS

Johan Santana is just another cautionary tale of why it is hard for teams to invest money long - term on Starting Pitching,  There are just far too many ways for hurlers to be injured in comparison to Roster Players.  The Mets will just have to bide time until 2014 when the team can finally take the former Cy Young winner of the teams payroll book

Johan Santana is just another cautionary tale of why it is hard for teams to invest money long – term on Starting Pitching, There are just far too many ways for hurlers to be injured in comparison to Roster Players. The Mets will just have to bide time until 2014 when the team can finally take the former Cy Young winner of the teams payroll book.  This year the club paid 55 % of their team salary to Jason Bay, Bobby Bonilla and the veteran LHP.  With a pile of dough being extracted from the payroll for 2014, the team can finally spend.

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.

David Wright and the New York Mets haven’t had a very good season up to this point, but they can do some things such as making trades or signing free agents to get better for next year and possibly make a run in the coming seasons.

If that’s what they wanted to do, they could go after infielders like Shortstop Alexei Ramirez or Second Baseman Emilio Bonifacio who was just traded to the Royals.

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.

Even though the NL East team already has a catcher in John Buck, they could go after veterans such as NL East rivals Brian McCann or Carlos Ruiz.

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.

Marlon Byrd was thought as an extra OF when the season started.  It could have been a historically bad year for the team, instead Byrd has helped savage the Outfielders core with a 3 Slash Line of .288/.336/.858 - with 20 (Has tied career HR for a year) and 71 RBI.  He will be a Free Agent at years end, will the franchise give him an offer to return in 2014 and beyond?

Marlon Byrd was thought as an extra OF when the season started. It could have been a historically bad year for the team, instead Byrd has helped savage the Outfielders core with a 3 Slash Line of .288/.336/.858 – with 20 (Has tied career HR for a year) and 71 RBI. He will be a Free Agent at years end, will the franchise give him an offer to return in 2014 and beyond?

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