For the Mets, a team in desperate need of major upgrades in key roster spots, the lack of noise this offseason is not only bewildering, but somewhat disheartening.
Given the recent years of poor play, poor signings and financial troubles, Mets fans could worry that the worst-case scenario will come to fruition: The Mets will do nothing in the offseason to improve the team.
Due to Wilpon's involvement in the Bernie Madoff scandal, the Mets being run like a small-market team in the past few offseasons.
The payroll has been cut—as of now, the Mets are only committed to roughly $55 million in 2013.
That puts them in the middle of the pack. With Wilpon's finances no longer uncertain, the Mets have plenty of wiggle room to make some quality upgrades without breaking the bank.
No matter how secure the team's finances are, the chances that the Mets make a huge splash on a free agent like B.J. Upton or Josh Hamilton are slim.
As evidenced by the Jason Bay disaster, landing a top free agent doesn't always translate to wins.
Most likely, the Mets will spend more money than in recent years, but they will still be frugal, while continuing to develop their young players.
That may not be music to the ears of Mets fans, who were disappointed by the 74-88 record in 2012. However, there are plenty of cost-effective, quality options available as the Mets look to improve.
Here are five of them.