Beltran. Rodriguez. Castillo. Perez.
These names have become synonymous with larger-than-life contracts, yet minimal production. In a sense, they define the Omar Minaya era for the New York Mets, a time period that continues to haunt the Amazins’ in their first off-season under new management. Sandy Alderson was financially handcuffed this winter due to the financial burden that these contracts casted on the Mets’ payroll, but you could bet the winter of 2012 will not be one of discontent.
With the contracts of Carlos Beltran, Francisco Rodriguez, Louis Castillo, and Oliver Perez all set to come off the books after the final pitch of 2011, the Mets can once again become players in the free agent market in the winter of 2012.
Given their impending financial flexibility, here are 10 players the Mets could target next winter.