The New York Mets will be looking to make a number of changes this offseason. Rumors about the players that the Mets are interested in pursuing this winter have already come to light, and there are certainly some interesting players mentioned.
New York has already made what will likely be their two biggest moves of the offseason. Both David Wright and R.A. Dickey had their options for the 2013 season picked up by the Mets (h/t Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports).
Pitching, outfield help and a catcher will be three of the Mets' largest priorities this winter. The Mets have a number of pieces in place, and with the right moves, they could be a team that contends for the Wild Card in 2013 if things go right.
A.J. Pierzynski is one of the best catchers available this winter, and he will draw the interest of a number of MLB contenders. Ken Davidoff of the New York Post has suggested that Pierzynski could be a fit for the New York Mets.
This does not to seem to be a good match for the Mets. While his attitude and passion could help turn the team around, Pierzynski will be too expensive for them. Pierzynski is more likely to join a team that is just one or two pieces away from having a chance at the World Series.
During the middle of the 2012 season, it appeared as if Melky Cabrera would be able to cash-in during the offseason and get a large contract. Then, he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
Cabrera will be one of the more interesting free agents available this winter, and there will be a team out there that is willing to take a risk on him. The New York Mets could be that team.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post has brought up the idea and thinks that the Mets could try to bring in Cabrera on a low-risk/high-reward one- or two-year deal.
Improving the bullpen will be a key goal for the New York Mets in the offseason. They will not be able to go after any of the big-name relievers, but if they spend their money wisely, the Mets could end up with some solid pitchers.
Randy Choate has been connected to the Mets by Ken Davidoff of the New York Post. Choate has put up fairly strong numbers during the last two years, and the Mets could use him as a setup man.
If there is one place that the New York Mets could make a big splash this winter, it is in their outfield. With a number of big-name players available, the Mets could come in under the radar and pick up a solid player while other teams are focusing on the stars.
Shane Victorino is not the player that he once was, but he is still a very good talent. Ken Davidoff of the New York Post has mentioned that the Mets could go after Victorino this winter if the price is right.
Ike Davis had a rough start to the 2012 season, but he was able to turn things around and show that he is still a solid middle-of-the-order hitter. His hot second half has helped raise his trade value.
Tampa Bay could deal some of their pitching depth for Davis. The opportunity to acquire a starter, such as Alex Cobb or Chris Archer, and a prospect in return for Davis could compel the Mets to make a move.
Even though he threw the first no-hitter in New York Mets history this year, the Mets would have a difficult time trying to trade Johan Santana. His contract and injury history will be the biggest barriers to any deal.
Nick Carfardo of the Boston Globe has identified the Boston Red Sox as a possible trade destination for Santana.
It is highly unlikely that a deal gets done, but unloading Santana's contract would really help the Mets prepare for the future.
Signing David Wright to an extension should be the New York Mets' No. 1 priority this offseason for a variety of reasons. They cannot afford to risk letting Wright enter the 2013 season without a contract.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports has reported that there is mutual interest in an extension and that negotiations would start around the $100 million mark. While they will certainly rise from there, the two sides should eventually be able to work toward a deal.