Left Field is arguably the Mets biggest need this off season. They have many holes to fill, but left field stands out the most. The Mets lacked power last year and that is something that they are looking for in their new left fielder.
The Mets are interested in not only one left fielder. The Mets are looking at multiple left fielders such as, Matt Holliday, Jason Bay, Carl Crawford, and Mike Cameron. All of those players can greatly contribute to the team.
Holliday brings one of the best bats in all of baseball along with Jason Bay, and Crawford brings great speed, and let's not forget about Mike Cameron's fielding ability's and power. The Mets might not even have one of those players in left field on Opening Day.
They are looking all over the place for a left fielder and those are the player's who have the biggest chances to come to the Big Apple to play for the Mets. Three of the four are free agents this off season.
Holliday, Bay, and Cameron are all looking for a new contract, while Crawford will be acquired in a trade. I would be happy with either one of those players in left field for the Mets next season, but if I had to rule a player out it would be Jason Bay.
Bay has plenty of talent, but I just don't think that he would fit in with the Mets. The Mets used to have him in their farm system, but they traded him away to the Pirates. Although it would be great to see the two sides reunite, I just don't see it happening.
That leaves three candidates. The Mets' farm system isn't the best, and I would call it average. They have a handful of solid players that they could trade, but that would leave the Mets with close to no big prospects. The Mets need to stick to free agency.
They just don't have enough prospects to give away to other teams, but they do have enough money to spend on free agents. Fans would love to see, Mike Cameron reunite with the Mets, but I think they would rather the Mets sign Matt Holliday.
Cameron is one of the best fielders in the game, and he would add to the Mets already great defensive outfield. He has above average power, but his contact isn't what the Mets are looking for.
I think the Mets have to pony up and spend some money on Matt Holliday. Holliday is one of the best hitters in game. He hit's for a high average and plenty of home runs. Holliday would make the Mets' lineup so much stronger.
His only weakness is his defense, but Beltran can help him out by tracking down some balls in mid-left. So, his defense shouldn't be a problem for the Mets. He made that crucial error in the NLDS this postseason that might have cost the Cardinals a trip to the NLCS and possibly the World Series. But, if the Cardinals didn't have Holliday then they might have not even been in the playoffs in the first place.
The Mets have plenty of holes and signing Holliday won't mean that the Mets are ready for 2010, but it would certainly help them out. Holliday would make the Mets' lineup a whole lot scarier to opposing pitchers. Holliday is the right choice for the Mets in left field.
They will have to spend a good amount of money on him, but in the end, I think he will be totally worth every dime and penny he earns. You can't put a price on a player of his caliber, if it means helping the Mets get back to the playoffs.