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SP Johan Santana
Key Free Agents
SP Johan Santana ($22.5 million option), RP LaTroy Hawkins, RP Frank Francisco, RP David Aardsma
Major Areas of Need
Were it not for the New York Mets' complete lack of outfield options, Marlon Byrd may never have gotten a chance to put together the surprising bounce-back season he did. Now, with money to spend, the team looks to be firmly in the mix for someone from the trio of Jacoby Ellsbury, Shin-Soo Choo and Curtis Granderson. It has some in-house options in Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Eric Young and Matt den Dekker, but upgrading over anyone from that group would be relatively easy.
When the 2013 season came to a close, it was LaTroy Hawkins who was closing games for the Mets with Bobby Parnell on the disabled list. Both Hawkins and former closer Frank Francisco will be gone in free agency, and aside from Parnell and Scott Rice, the Mets don't have much to work with in the bullpen as far as returning players.
The trio of Zack Wheeler, Dillon Gee and Jon Niese figure to be back in the rotation in 2014, but with Matt Harvey out following Tommy John surgery and a the fifth spot up for grabs all season, the Mets will no doubt look to add at least one viable starting option. Prospects Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero could make some noise in the second half, but neither will be ready for Opening Day.
Ike Davis has been a huge disappointment so far. The 26-year-old will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason, so the team has a decision to make regarding his future. The power potential is certainly still there, but until he starts making more consistent contact, he'll never be able to full tap into it. A non-tender is not completely out of the question at this point.
Finding a stopgap option at shortstop may be easier said than done, but the Mets could look to take a chance on someone like Rafael Furcal on a one-year deal to help shore up their middle infield situation. Ruben Tejada may still get a chance to prove he can be the guy at shortstop, but adding some insurance there seems wise.