3 Free Agency Bats That Would Fit Perfectly with New York Mets
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With the start of free agency swiftly approching, the New York Mets have to be aggressive and look to sign some players with offensive firepower.
Mets fans are tired of losing and watching New York's anemic offensive attack. It's time to make a splash and fortify their lineup so they can actually contend in the National League East in 2014.
Let's take a look at three free agents that would fit perfectly into manager Terry Collins' lineup next season.
Robinson Cano Second Base
Robinson Cano is two-time Gold Glove winner
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Robinson Cano is the jewel of all the 2014 free agents and rightly so.
He's going to be 31 years old on Oct. 22, so he is still in his prime. He would fit in perfectly at second base for the Mets. Daniel Murphy could slide over to first base and management can finally be done with the very frustrating Ike Davis.
A career .309 hitter and two-time Gold Glove winner, Cano belted 27 home runs and added 107 RBI on a mediocre Yankees club last season. He is also a five-time All-Star and a four-time Silver Slugger award winner.
Sure, he'll cost a pretty penny but the Mets have to make a big splash. Johan Santana and Jason Bay contracts are off the books now so there is money for Sandy Alderson to spend.
The sweet-swinging Cano could slide into the number three slot in New York's batting order. David Wright would become the cleanup hitter and all would be right in the Mets world.
The Mets have to do it.
Shin-Soo Choo Outfield
The Busan, South Korea native would fit very nicely in left field and in the lead off spot for the Amazins'.
In his first season for the Reds, Choo ranked second in the National League with a ,423 OBP while adding 21 HR and 54 RBI. The southpaw swinger hit .285 and also scored 107 runs, the second most in the senior circuit. He chipped in with 20 stolen bases.
Choo also was hit by pitch 26 times in 2013, the most in the NL, so he'll find a way to get on base any way he can. Juan Lagares is too good of a defensive center fielder to move out of that position. Choo could provide the Mets with fine speed and range in left field.
Choo is also just 31 years old so he has some solid prime years remaining. New York could sign him to a four or five year contract and get the best remaining years of his career in the Big Apple.
Now New York's lineup for next season is really starting to come together.
Nelson Cruz Outfield
Nelson Cruz would provide the Mets with much needed power
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Nelson Cruz would admittedly be a risky free agent signing by the Mets. He's 33 years old and coming off a 50-game suspension for using a banned substance.
However, he provides power in a free agent market that is severely lacking it. One thing the Mets can certainly use is some more right-handed pop in their feeble lineup.
This will be Cruz's first foray into the free agent market. He's played with the Texas Rangers his entire nine-year career.
"You don’t know what to expect because it’s something new,” Cruz told Jeff Wilson of the Star-Telegram. “I’m comfortable here, but I understand it’s a business."
The Dominican Republic native belted 27 home runs and knocked in 76 runs in 109 games for the Rangers last season. He made his second All-Star team and has cracked 157 career home runs.
Cruz would fit perfectly in the number five hole in New York's lineup behind David Wright. New York could ink him to a four-year pact and still get solid value from Cruz as his peak years draw to a close.