The MLB's been in the offseason for a while now, and the hot stove is finally beginning to heat up.
Rumors are turning into acquisitions, and there's been a countless amount of both in this past week.
The Mets have had a rather quiet offseason so far, but that should change soon. They're expected to sign their new closer soon, and Jose Reyes might ink a new deal with the Amazins by Christmas.
Things are about to get exciting for the Mets and their fans.
Here are 11 players whom I believe the Mets should make a run for this offseason.
The 2009 American League Rookie of the Year, Andrew Bailey has enjoyed success in the majors. He has an immense amount of talent and he's reportedly being shopped by his team, the Oakland A's.
Bailey would have to be acquired by trade if the Mets wanted to get him.
His price will most likely be steep, but the Mets might be able to put together a good package for him. And they've have recently been in talks with the A's over Bailey.
Bailey would be a great fit for New York, as he'll be just 27 years old on Opening Day. He's from New Jersey, so he can be classified as a local guy.
He's arbitration-eligible for this first time this offseason, and he won't be a free agent until after the 2014 season.
Bailey would be a great acquisition for the Mets.
Cespedes is one of the most intriguing players on the free agent market this offseason.
The Cuban defector is said to have 5-tool player potential. His awesome YouTube video has gathered him loads of interest, and he's a hot commodity.
At only 26 years old, Cespedes will fit the Mets perfectly. He'll be entering his prime just around the time that the Mets will be competing again.
He'll most likely ask for a contract similar to what Aroldis Chapman got.
The Mets are reportedly looking to trade Angel Pagan. If that happens, it'll leave a hole in center field. Cespedes could come on to the team and immediately fill the void left by Pagan.
Cespedes has been said to be major-league ready, and he would create quite a buzz at Citi Field this summer. He's a can't-miss player for the New York Mets.
Endy Chavez, known for "The Catch", might be making a return to Queens this offseason.
Chavez is a fan favorite, a great clubhouse guy, and a fantastic defensive outfielder. He would come to the Mets for cheap and he would be a perfect fit for the team.
He could be used as a late-game defensive substitution, and he also isn't that bad of a hitter either.
Look out for the Mets to engage in serious talks with Chavez. He might be very close to coming back to Queens, to the pleasure of many Mets fans.
Despite being 38 years old, Dotel put together a fantastic season last year, helping the St. Louis Cardinals to their second World Series title in five years.
Dotel is open to the possibility of making a return to the Mets this offseason.
He hasn't shown any signs of aging, and he was a crucial part to the Cardinals' World Series run. He shouldn't cost too much, and he could possibly become the Mets' full-time closer.
Dotel is certainly an interesting option for the New York Mets, and he seems to be a good fit.
The Mets have been said to be interested in free agent Frank Francisco.
Francisco isn't a sexy option, but he's a solid pitcher who knows how to get outs. It seems like he'd fit into New York's payroll, and he has the potential to be very good.
Expect the Mets to be hot on Francisco this offseason, and linked to many rumors involving him.
Lidge is an interesting option for the Mets.
The former Phillie would seemingly come at a cheap price, due to his recent injury struggles.
However, despite his injuries, he has been successful when he's on the mound. It's no secret that Lidge has talent, but the question is whether or not he can stay healthy for a whole season as the Mets' closer.
If Lidge could come at the right price, then the Mets will definitely consider signing him.
Staten Island native Jason Marquis grew up a Mets fan, and has constantly expressed interest in joining the team from Queens.
The Mets, however, haven't been that interested in him in recent years. That trend seems to be continuing this offseason, as only a few rumors between the two have surfaced.
Still, nothing should be ruled out.
Crazier things have happened, and the Mets will began to engage in talks with many players in this upcoming week; Marquis might be one of them.
He would make a good back-of-the-rotation starter if he does, indeed, come to the Mets.
As far as I know, the Mets haven't been linked to Navarro this offseason. That surprises me a lot, as I believe that Navarro is an absolute perfect fit for the Mets.
He'll be only 28 this upcoming season, so he's still very young and has a lot of talent.
The former All-Star has had a rough couple of years recently, but that might be due to his unusually low BABIP (batting average on balls in play). Navarro's BABIP has been one of the lowest in the majors in these past two years, and I believe that if presented with the right opportunity, Navarro could flourish.
It is unlikely that he'll sign with the Mets, but it's worth keeping an eye on.
Don't feel left out if you haven't heard of Jorge Soler until now.
Soler, 19 years old, has been overshadowed by Yoennis Cespedes throughout the offseason. Just like Cespedes, Soler is a Cuban defector who patrols the outfield. Both players have also been said to possess five-tool potential.
Soler would most likely come at a cheaper price than Cespedes.
Because he's still so young, he's quite a ways away from the major leagues, but he can be a very smart signing for a team like the Mets.
Although the Mets' farm system is progressing, it's still very thin in the outfield.
Players like Caesar Puello can't be depended on to make an impact in the bigs, and Soler would provide the Mets with more outfield depth in the minors.
He has a great frame for a baseball player, as he is already 6'3" with broad shoulders to build muscles upon. He has a strong arm, is a good runner, and has a good eye at the plate.
This kid has the potential to become an amazing player one day, and the Mets should definitely take a look at him.
The Mets are reportedly looking for a defensively strong, veteran catcher who can participate in a 60/40 platoon with Josh Thole.
Jon Heyman tweeted that the Mets are indeed interested in Varitek, and I believe that signing Varitek would be a good move for the Mets.
He could act as a great mentor to the Mets' young catcher, Josh Thole, while also producing for the Mets defensively.
He can also help young pitchers, as he's a great game-plan manager. Varitek is a great clubhouse guy who was the longtime "Captain" of the Red Sox; a title that shouldn't be taken lightly.
Varitek seems like he would be a great signing for the Mets this offseason.