The New York Mets came into this offseason knowing they would once again be on a tight financial budget. They had to spend wisely and avoid pursuing big-name free agents (such as Josh Hamilton or Zack Greinke) to fill the holes in their lineup.
Instead, they had to be active in the trade market and search towards the bottom of the barrel for potential finds.
Given their parameters, the Mets should feel happy as we head into spring training. They made the necessary moves without overspending or depleting themselves of prospects.
In fact, they now walk away from this winter's madness with a talented young catcher, a reliable starting pitcher, a new-look bullpen and some quality outfield depth.
These may not be flashy, front-page acquisitions. But they should help the Mets be at least respectable in 2013.