Reassessing New York Mets' Offseason Plan and What's Next

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Reassessing New York Mets' Offseason Plan and What's Next
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On the heels of a 89-loss season, the New York Mets organization entered the offseason with a vast amount of work to do in order to play competitive baseball in 2014 and set the team up for long-term success. 

As we take a look back at the offseason in the aftermath of the winter meetings, the Mets emerge as one of the most proactive teams in baseball.

When the 2013 season ended, New York needed to upgrade its outfield, add a top-tier starting pitcher to replace Matt Harvey's lost dominance in 2014 and settle its conundrum at first base. New York needed to find better production from the shortstop position, add veteran arms to the bullpen and lay the groundwork for a major, franchise-altering trade in the future.

If you have ever wanted to switch jobs with Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, re-read that last paragraph. 

The road back to contention won't be easy for the Mets, but they are off to a flying start this winter. By inking Chris Young and Curtis Granderson, the outfield now features major league hitters. When Bartolo Colon arrived, the Mets found an ace that can help in both 2014 and beyond, despite his large frame, age and PED issues. 

In a vacuum, those three moves alone could push the Mets close to the 81-win plateau, but more is needed to ensure success. Furthermore, for a downtrodden fan base that hasn't seen a winning product since 2008, the final steps must take place to prove that the organization is serious about putting an annual contender on the field.

Here's what should be next for the New York Mets.  

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