As the offseason progresses, the Mets will need to make certain decisions on how to improve their team in the best way possible. Free agency and the trade market will both be explored in depth, but in order for the Mets to make trades, they will have to consider various factors with the players they already have as well.
One of these factors is money. The Mets may have a lot of money generally speaking, but it does not grow on trees. The Mets only have a certain amount of money that can be put into the payroll of the 2014 team. With that being said, they also have to find the most cost-effective way to put together a successful 25-man roster. This means that a higher salary could be the difference between one player getting traded instead of another.
Here are five cost-effective moves the Mets could make in order to create more payroll flexibility.