Spring training is now weeks away, and the New York Mets have now made a few particular key signings in free agency. But how exactly will they be able to help the Mets improve?
Here are some predictions for the team's new acquisitions for this season. It's not always easy to correctly predict exact numbers so ranges with certain statistics will be used.
Statistics are courtesy of Baseball Reference.
2014 Predicted Statistics: .240-.260 batting average, 20-25 doubles, 25-30 home runs, 90-110 RBI, 60-70 walks, 10-15 stolen bases
Over the past few seasons, Granderson has provided explosive power, run production, a good eye at the plate and some speed on the bases. He could help revitalize the Mets offense if he continues to hit like he did for the New York Yankees the past four years.
2014 Predicted Statistics: .230-.250 batting average, 25-30 doubles, 15-20 home runs, 60-70 RBI, 30-40 walks, 10-15 stolen bases
The Mets' other notable offensive move of the offseason was signing outfielder Chris Young to a one-year, $7.25 million contract.
Young hit just .200 with 12 home runs and 40 RBI last season in 335 at-bats. It's not known yet if Young will be the everyday starting right fielder or just a platoon hitter this season, but it's possible that he could be part of a platoon in right field with the younger, left-handed Matt den Dekker.
More than likely, Young will probably get the majority of the playing time in right field, especially if den Dekker fails to prove that he is capable of hitting well at the major league level.
2014 Predicted Statistics: 12-15 Wins, 3.20-3.50 ERA, 150-170 IP, 100-110 K
The Mets' main pitching signing was that of veteran Bartolo Colon, who signed a two-year, $20 million deal. Colon is coming off an 18-win season in 2013 that also included a career-best 2.65 ERA. He will turn 41 in May, but it seems like the Mets believe he will continue to pitch well nonetheless.
Colon could possibly get the Opening Day start this season, but regardless, he will be counted on to be a great veteran presence alongside younger pitchers Jon Niese, Zack Wheeler, Dillon Gee and Jenrry Mejia.