New York Mets fans are waiting for Sandy Alderson to improve the team’s lineup—if that doesn’t happen, what should offensive expectations be for the “Amazins” next year?
If the season were to start today, New York’s 2014 Opening Day lineup wouldn’t look much different than the end of 2013. The mere thought of that will make some fans want to crawl into the fetal position.
The Mets have been connected to free agent sluggers Nelson Cruz and Curtis Granderson this winter. Ken Rosenthal tweeted that Sandy Alderson met with Granderson on December 1st. That’s encouraging news, but it remains to be seen if New York ends up being a serious bidder.
MLB Depth Charts provides a projected lineup that would not be received well—it would still include Ruben Tejada, Ike Davis hitting cleanup and Chris Young as the only addition via free agency.
It will be hard for this current lineup to clinch its first postseason berth since 2006. If they perform to realistic levels of production, they could be better than expected (although, acquiring another bat wouldn’t hurt).