The New York Mets need a massive overhaul. While injuries kept them from being everything they could have been this past season, they are still a long way from being true contenders. This offseason Jose Reyes will be the initial big story for the Mets and their GM Sandy Alderson.
However, they need to do a lot more than sign a shortstop. They need a starting pitcher, a closer, bench players and relievers for the bullpen. The reports from ESPN NY are saying the Mets will only have a payroll of $110 million maximum.
Of that total, approximately $64 million is tied up into five players: David Wright, Johan Santana, Jason Bay, R.A. Dickey and Mike Pelfrey. That gives the team roughly $30 million to use when factoring in other player salaries. A team can do a lot with $30 million.
One thing fans are saying (and I am one that wrote about it) is to go after Albert Pujols. It's nice to dream about that, but the Mets don't really need a player who will demand $20-25 million per season. They need pitching.
With all this as the backdrop, allow me to propose some key moves for this team in the next few months.