This past season the New York Mets had a very productive bench. The offensive charge was mostly led by Scott Hairston, who is unlikely to return after his 20-home-run season in 2012. The Mets are also likely to let Ronny Cedeno walk and would like to upgrade their catching situation, as well.
As a result of Hairston's departure, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson will have a lot of production to replace.
Let's take a look at some viable options for the Mets in their quest to re-build their bench.
The Mets need some versatility on their bench, and a guy like Ryan Theriot provides just that. He has played both middle infield spots in his career, although he has played more second base recently and is probably better suited there.
Theriot has speed, which is something the Mets could use this coming season, since they may be losing Andres Torres. Theriot now has a World Series win under his belt as a member of the San Francisco Giants in 2012 and as a result could also bring some veteran leadership.
Theriot batted .270 with 13 stolen bases while scoring 45 runs and racking up 352 at-bats in 2012.
Ryan Raburn was recently released by the Detriot Tigers. He plays both the infield and corner outfield, mostly spending time at second base and in left field. He had a down year in 2012, hitting just one home run and batting .171 in 205 at-bats.
Those numbers and the signing of Torii Hunter by the Tigers probably made Raburn more expendable.
As a result a team like the Mets could benefit.
The right-handed batting Raburn hit 14 home runs or more each season from 2009-2011, while driving in 50-60 runs per campaign. The Mets need power and versatility on their bench, and that is something Raburn can provide.
Raburn's production could come close to what the Mets got from Scott Hairston and probably for a fraction of the cost.
Casey McGehee spent most of the 2012 season with the Pittsburgh Pirates before being dealt to the Yankees at the trade deadline. He had a subpar season offensively, batting just .217 with nine home runs, but has shown in the past that he can produce with the lumber.
His breakout season came with the Brewers in 2010, when he hit .285 with 23 home runs, 104 RBI and 38 doubles. The Brewers thought they had a star in the making, but he regressed the following season.
The 2010 season seems to be a bit of an aberration when you look at his 2009 and 2011 numbers, which were virtually identical. He hit about 15 home runs with 65 RBI in each of those two seasons. His playing time has fluctuated in recent years, but he still has some pop.
McGehee is not really an everyday player, although he could start if needed. He could provide a right-handed alternative to Ike Davis, as he has played both corner infield positions. He can provide power off the bench and give the Mets a much-needed right-handed power option, with Hairston likely gone.