After making what seems to be our biggest off season acquisition, the Mets roster is definitely beginning to look opening day ready. Especially with all of the rumored moves that will come in the future, both the lineup, and the pitching core should put the Mets back into competition in the National League.
Today brought news that Bengie Molina will be lowering his asking price to just two year, which the Mets seem to be willing to match. In addition, rumors regarding the pitching are circulating such as a trade with the Reds (for Harang, or Arroyo), or a free agent signing. In this article, i will take a deep look at each aspect of the Mets team after a few likely acquisitions.
For the purposes of this preview (I will issue an official Mets preview when the season gets closer), lets assume the Mets get Molina, Delgado, and Pineiro.
1. Jose Reyes 2. Luis Castillo 3. Carlos Beltran 4. Jason Bay 5. David Wright 6. Carlos Delgado 7. Jeff Francoeur 8. Bengie Molina
From top to bottom, this looks like a playoff starting lineup. Barring any major injuries, the hitting should easily improve from last year. With the addition of Bay, the power should also be back in town, and it should be a much more exciting squat to watch.
While this core is not yet completely formed, this is a prediction of what the rotation will look like
1. Johan Santana 2. Joel Pineiro 3. Mike Pelfrey 4. Oliver Perez 5. John Maine
Although this is perhaps the Mets weakest area, they should at least be able to keep the Mets in games (all of them have high ceilings and at least one should have a legitimate breakout year) and will be at least decent.