With all of the changes and acquisitions made this past winter, it will be very interesting to see if the new members of the team make the significant contributions to the New York Mets, as anticipated at the time of their respective signings.
The four returning core position players are Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado, Jose Reyes, and David Wright. If they stay healthy and put up their expected offensive production, they will most likely be favorites for team MVP status, along with starting pitchers Johan Santana and Mike Pelfrey as possibilities.
It would be difficult for one starting pitcher to be singled out as "Most Valuable," because they typically have at least three days of rest in between starts. However, if Johan Santana continues to be dominant and Mike Pelfrey turns in pitching efforts comparable to what we saw in 2008, they could be front runners.
Carlos Delgado did noticeably better during the second half, due mainly to feeling better physically, but there may have been other contributingfactors. Beltran, Reyes, and Wright did put up fairly consistent numbers throughout the season, and will most likely repeat their production.
Francisco Rodriguez and J.J. Putz are expected to bring new life into the bullpen, and we are crossing our fingers that Ryan Church stays healthy. If he does put up the numbers we saw last year, he could be in serious contention, like he would have been if not for his concussions.
The expected platoon of Fernando Tatis and Daniel Murphy shows promise, more offensively than defensively. One or both of them could be part of the MVP race as well—they are both good, patient hitters who show potential to play an excellent defensive game.
Time will tell, but it is important that all of them play their part to help the team at least reach the postseason (for the first time since 2006).