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3 Mets Players That Have Played Their Final Game in New York

Stephen SmithContributor IIIOctober 31, 2013

3 Mets Players That Have Played Their Final Game in New York

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    Daisuke Matsuzaka has seen much better days
    Daisuke Matsuzaka has seen much better days

    Now that the hot stove season is almost here in Major League Baseball, it's time to take a look at which players on the New York Mets roster have played their final game in Flushing, New York.

    In this writer's humble opinion, at least.

    New York Mets fans have been patient long enough. It's time for general manager Sandy Alderson to be aggressive and make some strong free-agent moves to make New York a threat again in the National League East.

    With that being said, the following are three players Alderson should jettison before spring training commences.  

Daisuke Matsuzaka SP

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    Remember when Daisuke Matsuzaka was one of the best pitchers in baseball? That was in 2008, when he fashioned an 18-3 record with a 2.90 ERA for the Red Sox.

    That's a long time ago now and the Mets certainly did not see anything like that previous form from the Japanese right-hander in 2013. Dice-K was brutal for the most part with New York, authoring a 3-3 ledger with a 4.42 ERA in seven starts.

    Matsuzaka is 33 years old now and clearly his best days are behind him. Sure, he was great once, but the Mets have to build for the future at this point in time. New York would be better served if it went out and signed a free-agent starting pitcher like 29-year-old Matt Garza, who went a combined 10-6 for the Cubs and Rangers this past season with a 3.82 ERA.

    Garza is still in his prime and would help fill some of the innings void left with Matt Harvey currently sidelined following Tommy John surgery. He is certainly not in the same league as Harvey, but he does have very good stuff and would make a fine No. 3 pitcher in New York's starting rotation.

    It's time for Dice-K to bid adieu to Queens. 

Frank Francisco RP

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    It was certainly a year to forget for Frank Francisco.

    The former Mets closer had surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow last December, and he was never the same after that. The husky righty appeared in just eight games last season after saving 23 games for New York the year before.

    The Dominican Republic native hurled just 6.1 innings in 2013 and is now 34 years of age. With Bobby Parnell entrenched as the Mets closer, it's time for New York to go in another direction.

    It's uncertain whether Francisco, who has 73 career saves to his credit, will ever be able to regain the form that he had with the Mets in 2012.

    The Mets need to move on and wish Francisco luck in his future endeavors. 

Pedro Feliciano RP

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    The crafty southpaw tossed just 11.1 innings for the Mets last season after missing the entire 2011 and 2012 campaigns with a torn capsule and rotator cuff in his left arm. Feliciano had signed a two-year contract with the Yankees in January 2011, but never threw a single pitch for the Bronx Bombers.

    Wow.

    Feliciano will be 38 years old next season. New York has other left-handed setup men/specialists in Scott Rice and Josh Edgin. He's been a total professional during his nine-year Mets career, posting a 22-21 record with a 3.33 ERA, 1.376 WHIP and four saves. He's a pro's pro but it's time to move on.

    The Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico native should be commended for making his way back from a serious injury and pitching in 25 games in 2013 for New York. That grit and determination is admirable.

    However, Feliciano should not be on New York's roster next season. 

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