The Mets are a team of question marks. No one can really say at this point how good the current members of the team are. The question marks are many. Just a few:
1) Was Oliver Perez's disastrous season due to injuries, disinterest, or a sign of what the Mets will have for the next two years?
2) Is Mike Pelfrey a solid 2-3 starter, as he showed in 2008, or an average 4-5 guy, as he pitched like in 2009?
3) Is David Wright's power gone for good?
4) Can Daniel Murphy hit well enough to be an everyday first baseman?
5) Will Jose Reyes recover from his leg injuries?
6) Are prospects Jon Niese, Fernando Martinez and Josh Thole as good as Met fans want them to be?
The questions could go on and on, but those the big ones.
In response to a team who lost 90 games and has all of those questions, the Mets have been very quiet this offseason.
Met fans are filling up the blogosphere with the usual calls to overpay for Joel Pineiro and Jason Bay, yet Omar Minaya has done nothing big yet.
And Omar is 100% right.
I propose that the Mets continue to save their money, pass on the available big name free agents, and go to war with what they have now.
Until the Mets begin to get some answers to their question marks, no one knows where the holes on this team are, or how good this team can really be in 2010.
If Pelfrey and Perez pitch like they have in the past, combined with the continued development of Niese, the team could have a solid starting rotation.
Same with the offense - if Reyes, Beltran and Wright rebound and hit like they did in '06-''08 the Mets have the pieces for a good offense.
Every team (even the Yankees) has a budget. There is a limited amount of money the team can spend. At this point, there is no way to tell where the Mets should best spend limited dollars.
Since Bay, Pineiro and the other free agents available are not real difference makers anyway, the Mets are better off waiting until June or July to make moves. Teams will begin to dump their free agents to be at that point, so the Mets could conceivably pick up a Carl Crawford if they still need OF help, or a Jeremy Bondermand or Brandon Webb if they need a pitcher.
Worst case, 2010 is a year spent restructuring, and the Mets have the funds next offseason to make a big splash for players who ARE big difference makers.