Much like the migration of the birds, leaves changing colors, or new sitcoms on TV unlikely to last six episodes, a New York Mets collapse as the calendar changed to September seemed like an act of nature the last two seasons - giving Phillies and Braves fans an early Christmas gift with Met fans left to wonder if they are actually Cubs fans.
However, with the cooler, rainier weather of June reminding us all of autumn, the team decided to collapse early this year. Injuries, dropped pop-ups, and an ill-advised trade for Jeff Francoeur followed, leaving the Mets with a split-squad spring training roster left in the majors and only the historically bad play of the Nationals left as comfort.
Omar Minaya, who received the dreaded vote of confidence from Fred Wilpon (hardly comforting considering he gave this faith to Bernie Madoff too), recently declared the Mets buyers going into the deadline and was confident the team was headed for a turnaround. No big moves or turnaround occurred.
This offseason (like every Mets offseason) is extremely important, with a number of holes to fill to help fix the Mets for 2010. The good news is that over 40 million in contracts are expiring, and with the economic climate, that can buy a lot of talent, However, there are many holes to fill to get the Mets back up to full strength next season. This slideshow will break down the best options for the Mets to fill their needs and hopefully will help the Mets win more than just next year's off season.