The Mets Off Season Check List Extravaganza

Mets ParadiseCorrespondent IDecember 8, 2009

ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 10:  Matt Holliday #15 of the St. Louis Cardinals kisses his bat at home plate in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Three of the NLDS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Busch Stadium on October 10, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Over the past few seasons, the Mets have crushed their fans in unique ways.  Whether its losing on the last day to miss the playoffs, or having a horrific second half that leaves fans wondering why they even bother, the Mets have found a way to disappoint.   Because of this sad, but true fact, an inspiring off-season is a must for the 2010 Mets.  In this article I will provide a 5 step plan to put the Mets back into contention.  I will take into account factors such as salary, chemistry, realistically, and possibility.

Step 1: Solidify the rotation

Of course this step is easier said then done…….  While any old fan could say “lets go out and get Lackey and Halladay and we’re set” the Mets need to take into consideration all of their needs.  If the Mets sign two number 2-3 pitchers such as Joel Pineiro, Randy Wolf, or Jason Marquis.  If they can build a rotation of Johan, 1-2 of these guys, Maine, Pelfrey, and even Perez, they will have a decent enough staff to at least give the team a chance.

Step 2: Acquire a power hitting outfielder

This is the only section in which i will jump the shark and declare the importance of going all out and signing Matt Holliday.  He is the perfect piece for this team.  An outfield of Carlos Beltran, Matt Holliday, and Jeff Francoeur will push the offense overboard, and will become one of the more dominant lineups in baseball.

Step 3: Stop worrying about trading Castillo and signing Hudson

If a man came up to me with a gun and said Castillo or Orlando Hudson, I would say Hudson without any thought.  But, with so many other needs, we cannot be focusing on upgrading perhaps our focal point of last years offense.  Yes, Castillo can have cold streaks, does not contain any power, and his defense is in decline but he is good enough and their are more important spots to deal with.


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