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The outfield is a huge question mark, considering it is hard to find one player worthy of a starting job on most teams.
Power was at a premium to begin with, and if Scott Hairston departs, those numbers become even more paltry.
They have a number of players who could play vital roles off the bench such as Mike Baxter and Jordany Valdespin, who set the team record of pinch-hit home runs with five.
Lucas Duda and Jason Bay appear to be the most likely players to be given defined roles entering the season, but they are about as consistent as a seismograph during a tsunami.
If Duda can rediscover the power stroke that enabled him to hit four April home runs and become a force in the middle of the lineup, the outfield looks much more decent.
Bay has been a calamity, and any scenario that features him seeing significant at bats is not a pleasing one to fans of the blue and orange.
As far as the free-agent market is concerned, obviously names like Josh Hamilton, Michael Bourn. B.J. Upton and Shane Victorino would improve the club, but their price tags are not feasible for the Mets.
It is unfortunate to hear, but they will most likely enter the 2013 season with an Opening Day outfield of Lucas Duda, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and perhaps Valdespin.
Unless, Alderson is able to swing a blockbuster deal to move Ike Davis for a power bat such as Corey Hart, as I have suggested in the past.