Sandy Alderson's first year as Mets general manager was a strange one to say the least. His tenure started with hiring Terry Collins as the team's new manager. And then Alderson was given the keys and told to drive.
But instead of blowing the bank on a top-notch starting pitcher or an All-Star second baseman, Alderson made small, quiet moves to fill holes in his new lineup. He brought in cheaper finds, like reliever D.J. Carrasco and starter Chris Capuano.
This offseason, however, stands to be an even tougher challenge for Alderson. His star shortstop, Jose Reyes, is a free agent for the first time in his career. Reyes is considered a must-keep for the Mets, but could cost as much as $20 million a year to retain.
Not to mention, the face of the franchise, David Wright, is a hot trade rumor already this fall. So, needless to say, Alderson has some big decisions to make.
He will have some money (albeit not a lot) to play with this free agent season. Let's take a look at some of this year's free agents that Alderson and the Mets could (and should) be very interested in.