Sandy Alderson has been operating on a shoestring budget this offseason.
With no money to re-sign their top hitter or retain their second best starter, the Mets general manager had to pinch pennies in order to make ends meet.
Amazingly, he didn't stick his head in the sand, and nabbed five players over the course of the offseason: relievers Jon Rauch, Ramon Ramirez and Frank Francisco, outfielder Andres Torres and infielder Ronny Cedeno.
Although they aren't marquee names, they are expected to at least adequately fill roles that were vacated by players who departed during the trade deadline and the free agency period.
Here's how the offseason additions will be judged.