3 Players New York Mets Can Sign After Contracts of Santana, Bay Expire
It's time for the New York Mets to be aggressive again and sign some high-quality free agents. Mets fans are sick and tired of losing, so the Mets need to act quickly once the free-agency period commences.
The bloated contracts of Johan Santana and Jason Bay are finally coming off the books at the end of this season, so general manager Sandy Alderson has no excuse not to spend money. Mets fans demand it and it's time to turn the Mets into winners again.
With that in mind, let's take a look at three players who New York can sign this coming offseason now that the contracts of Santana and Bay are about to expire.
Robinson Cano: Second Base
The Mets should ink Robinson Cano to a five-year, $125 million pact this winter.
Ah, yes. What a free agent splash that would be for the Mets. The New York Yankees star second baseman is in his prime and would instantly make the Mets a legitimate contender for the National League East crown.
The five-time All-Star has a .309 career batting average and has driven in over 100 runs in three of his last four seasons. Not only that, but the Dominican Republic native is also a two-time Gold Glove winner as well. He is simply the best second baseman in baseball.
The Mets could move current second baseman Daniel Murphy to first base, say goodbye to Ike Davis and bat Cano third in manager Terry Collins' lineup. David Wright could easily slip into the cleanup spot and give New York a very formidable 2-3-4 trio.
If the Mets are serious about winning again, they should sign Cano away from the Yankees and become a team to be reckoned with again.
After all, the Mets' last trip to the World Series in 1986 was a long, long time ago.
Shin-Soo Choo: Outfield
The native of South Korea would make a great fit for the Mets in left field. Choo could move right into the leadoff spot for New York based on his skill set.
Now a veteran of eight full seasons in the majors, Choo is enjoying a fine season with the playoff-bound Cincinnati Reds. Entering Friday's action, Choo is batting .286 with 21 HR and 54 RBI. The number that is really impressive though is his OBP, which is an outstanding .424. That mark is good enough to rank Choo second in the National League.
In addition to that, Choo is second in the senior circuit in runs scored (106). He would make an outstanding leadoff hitter and he is still just 31 years old, which means that Choo still has many solid years of production remaining.
Alderson has to make the move and sign the impending free agent to at least a four-year deal.
It's the right move to make and would provide another offensive boost to New York's improving offensive attack.
Now, things are finally starting to look up for the Mets—finally.
Bronson Arroyo: Starting Pitcher
With Matt Harvey's future uncertain for 2014, the Mets need to dip their toes into the free-agent pool again and make a minor splash by signing Cincinnati's Bronson Arroyo to a free-agent pact.
Although the high-kicking Arroyo will be 37 in February, he gives a manager innings and would not be a huge risk if given a two-year contract.
In fact, Arroyo should have one more start this season, which would give him 200 innings or more in eight of his last nine seasons. The one year he missed the mark? That was in 2011 when he hurled 199 innings for the Reds.
The 14-year veteran would fit nicely in the middle of manager Terry Collins' rotation. He has enjoyed another productive season in 2013 with a 14-11 record, a 3.60 ERA and a tidy 1.14 WHIP in 31 starts entering Thursday's play.
Arroyo is far from the most dynamic pitcher in the majors, but he gives any team a dependable veteran starter who answers the bell effectively every fifth day.
The Mets could do a lot worse.