If the baseball season started today, the New York Mets outfield would look something like this: Lucas Duda in left field, Kirk Nieuwenhuis in center field and Mike Baxter in right field. That’s hardly a formidable outfield. The only reason that would keep Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay up at night is if he’s laughing the whole time.
Sure the Mets pulled off a blockbuster deal, trading away the reigning Cy Young award winner, R.A. Dickey, to the Toronto Blue Jays for a bundle package headlined by super catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud. But that’s not going to be enough to compete in 2013.
In fact, ESPN’s Jayson Stark listed the Mets as one of the top five “least improved teams.” They are paper thin in the outfield and still have done nothing to address last year’s disaster known as the bullpen. Not to mention, the Mets need to find a starting pitcher to replace Dickey.
General manager Sandy Alderson’s plan since day one has been focused on 2014 as his target year to be a force in the National League East. He has loaded the roster with young, controllable and inexpensive talent by trading veterans such as Dickey and adding players with expiring contracts and low risk, high reward players.
Here are the players that the Mets are rumored to be pursing.