In 2013, manager Terry Collins used a plethora of outfield combinations. Seven different players started in right and left field, while eight started in center. Overall, Mets outfielders combined to hit just .238 with only 50 homeruns total. And their .685 OPS was the worst in the National League. Needless to say, the Mets are in need of a bit of an overhaul in the outfield for 2014.
Eric Young Jr., who came over in a mid-season trade with the Rockies, was outstanding for the Mets. He wound up being the NL leader in stolen bases with 46 (38 of which came with the Mets). Still, he may end up being a fourth outfielder and/or second baseman for the club in 2014.
Juan Lagres came out of nowhere and looked very impressive in his rookie season. He should have a place in the outfield next season. But Lucas Duda, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Andrew Brown have not shown they are capable of a starting outfield gig. And Matt den Dekker is still young and has room to grow.
The Mets have some young, up-and-coming outfielders in the system, highlighted by 2011 first-round draft pick Brandon Nimmo. But none are primed and ready for big-league action in 2014.
So, you can expect the Mets to be targeting at least one outfielder to fill their need. Currently, they have been rumored to have interest in Shin-Soo Choo, and possibly Jacoby Ellsbury. There have also been talks of a possible reunions with Carlos Beltran and/or Marlon Byrd, but I find the former to be a distant possibility.