The New York Mets have had a fairly busy offseason, trading away Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey and re-signing star third baseman David Wright.
But the cash-strapped team still has a significantly large need for quality outfielders.
According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, the current payroll for the Mets is $94.9 million. However, Jon Heyman of CBSSports tweeted earlier this month that the Mets in reality have “quite a bit of $ left to spend.”
It is also worth noting that the Wilpons refinanced $700 million in debt, which in turn gave them roughly $160 million in spending money. Whether or not the Wilpons will re-invest that money or spend it on new players remains to be seen.
But clearly, the Mets have given themselves some breathing room recently in terms of salary, and hopefully the Wilpons become more enticed as a result to spend money on the team now.
And perhaps New York's most glaring position of need is in the outfield.
With the new influx of money, here are some realistic outfield options the Mets should still pursue this offseason.