While it might not be the popular move, the New York Mets will most likely field a team on Opening Day 2013 that is extremely similar to the current crop that they are rolling out.
While it would be pleasing for me to search through the class of free agents and insert the best one on the Mets' roster, it is unlikely to happen.
The Mets will be able to upgrade their roster by simply eliminating a few players and replacing them with a replacement-level player.
Will there be a Carlos Beltran type acquisition that propelled the team from a under .500 ball club to the top of the NL East immediately? Not likely, due to financial constraints.
For a team that is mired in a four-year long period of humiliation, there needs to be some improvement soon.
Here are my predictions for the offseason, which would both improve the club while minimally increasing payroll.