The New York Mets spent this past offseason filling holes in their front office, as well as on the field. They hired a new general manager, Sandy Alderson. He hired Terry Collins to be the new manager of the team. The Mets also brought in Paul DePodesta and J.P. Riccardi for other front office roles.
As far as player personnel, the Mets will have more-or-less the same roster they had a season ago, with a couple of minor changes. On paper, this team looks like it could have been a contender in the National League East, until the rival Philadelphia Phillies brought in Cliff Lee to give them one of the most dominant pitching rotations the game has ever seen.
This team has the potential to really surprise, or really disappoint. The quality of stars on this squad is equal to just about any other team in the league. But in recent years, these stars have not performed up to their reputation. If these men are able to repeat past seasons in 2011, the Mets could really turn some heads.
With that, let's take a look at the potential starting rotation and lineup, based on the 40 man roster as of March 11th, 2011.