New York Mets: MLB 2010 Preview

Jason Lempert@MetsPride84Correspondent IFebruary 12, 2010

NEW YORK - JANUARY 05:  Jason Bay poses for a photo during a press conference to announce his signing to the New York Mets on January 5, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Much has been made about the Mets' weak off-season movement.  Perhaps General Manager Omar Minaya and the rest of the Mets brass was a little hesitant to open their wallet too much?

But let’s play a little hypothetical here: What if the Mets are not as bad as everyone wants them to be in 2010?  What if Mike Pelfrey, John Maine and Oliver Perez reach their potential and put up 10-15 wins each?

What if David Wright’s power-outage in 2009 was a fluke and he rebounds with another 25-30 homer season?  What if Daniel Murphy becomes the next Keith Hernandez?  What if?

The Mets’ roster hasn’t changed all that much since ‘09.  And at this time last year, the Mets were looked upon as favorites in the NL East.  But because of a very disappointing season, their outlook is poor and some experts are even picking them to finish last in the division.

Of course, if they had reeled in a player like John Lackey or Orlando Hudson (just to name a couple), they might now look like a force in the NL East.

When you consider the moves that the Phillies, Braves, and even the lowlyNationals made, the Mets do look bound for the cellar in ‘10. However, call me an optimist, but I think the Mets have what it takes to at least compete in the first season of the new decade.



SS, Jose Reyes

2B, Luis Castillo

3B, David Wright

LF, Jason Bay

RF, Jeff Francoeur

CF, Gary Matthews Jr.

1B, Daniel Murphy

C, Omir Santos

P, Johan Santana