One of the defining qualities of the New York Mets during Omar Minaya's era was their annual huge free-agent acquisition.
In the first three offseasons with Sandy Alderson at the helm, Frank Francisco's two year, $12 million pact has been the most lucrative.
That is quite the contrast.
The Mets will enter the 2013 season as the fourth best team in the NL East, after finishing under .500 in each of the four seasons since the inception of Citi Field.
They did very little to improve their chances of making a postseason berth this season.
Regardless, what would sports be without debate?
With that being said, here are the top story lines entering the season.