New York Mets: 7 Great Backup Plan Free Agents

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New York Mets: 7 Great Backup Plan Free Agents
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Let's face it—the New York Mets have as much of a chance of making a splash in the free agent market as President Obama does in balancing the federal budget (sorry, I don't mean to get political here)—it's not happening.

Ah, how I wish for the not so long ago days when the Amazins' were actually competitive and had some money to consider spending on a viable free agent if they wanted to. Sure, it looks like they made a mistake with Jason Bay—we'll see if the shorter fences will help Bay's "power"—but at least owner Fred Wilpon had some money to spend.

Bernie Madoff put a stop to that.

Anyway, we all know the Metropolitans will struggle in 2012. They've lost Jose Reyes to free agency and may be ready to trade David Wright. Who knows when Johan Santana will be ready?

In New York, the nation's largest market, they have to stay somewhat competitive though or CitiField will bring back the days of Grant's tomb—named for former Mets Chairman M. Donald's Grant in the late '70s—when Shea Stadium was like a ghost town after the trade of the future Hall of Famer Tom Seaver.

The Mets wanted to sign Cody Ross, but he recently inked a deal with the Red Sox. Let's be honest—there is nothing too exciting here. We all know the Mets could never compete for an Albert Pujols or a Prince Fielder.  

With that being said, here are some free agents that could help New York in the short-term and not cost the financially-strapped club too much money (the Wilpons love that).....

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