Coming off another disappointing season, general manager Sandy Alderson and the rest of the New York Mets front office need to hold on to the small amount of fan interest that remains.
While there won't be much money to be shelled out by the time winter meetings roll around, Alderson has more financial flexibility than he did at this time one year ago.
The main issue is whether Alderson can ink a contract extension with David Wright before the offseason is up. If both parties fail to reach an agreement, Wright may test the waters of free agency following the 2013 season—a situation that the Mets cannot afford.
Don't make the mistake of believing that Wright is the only task on the agenda for the front office. Terry Collins certainly needs some outfield help and the bullpen must be bolstered if the Mets are to have a chance at succeeding in 2013.
Bold moves—moves that may be questioned—need to be made this offseason, or 2013 won't be much better than this season's debacle.
Here are five bold moves for the Mets' offseason.