The Winter Meetings at Dallas turned out to be very productive for the New York Mets. Despite losing their superstar shortstop, Jose Reyes, they added four solid players. Jon Rauch, Andres Torres, Ramon Ramirez and Frank Francisco will all be making their way to Queens this season.
Angel Pagan was traded to the San Francisco Giants for Torres and Ramirez Tuesday night. Rauch and Francisco were also signed by the Mets on Tuesday.
Sandy Alderson has said that he has made some progress in trade talks with other teams. He didn't specify what players that he is close to dealing, but the buzz around the Mets suggests that relief pitcher Bobby Parnell might be on the move.
The Mets are looking for a trade that would net them a starting position player. Parnell will most likely bring back a starting position player in a trade, so shopping him seems to make sense.
Parnell has potential, but it seems as if he is having trouble making the transformation from being a thrower to becoming a pitcher. He possesses a dynamite fastball, but his control problems consistently lead to hanging his pitches and getting knocked around.
Parnell might emerge into a great player, but he should definitely be shopped this offseason. His future is uncertain and his value is fairly high for a player like him. If the Mets can get the right deal for him, then they should pull the trigger on the deal immediately.
Outside of some minor trades, the Mets might still be players in the dwindling free agent market. Guys like Endy Chavez, Cesar Izturis and Ronny Cedeno are reportedly on the Mets' radar.
Mets fans would love to see Endy Chavez back in a Mets uniform, but the acquisition of Andres Torres might decrease the chances of that happening. The Mets might now be looking for more of a power bat off the bench, although they haven't been linked to any players that fit that mold.
Sandy Alderson has also said that the Mets are no longer seriously trying to acquire any catchers. It seems as if the Mets will be going into the 2012 season with the catching tandem of Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas.
There is a slight possibility that the Mets will bring in a starting pitcher via free agency. Chris Young and Jason Marquis are some names that have popped up in the Mets' front office.
Young played with the Mets last year and pitched extremely well in his four games that he appeared in. An early injury put Young on the shelf for the rest of the season, but he was rather impressive when he was on the mound.
Young is looking for a one-year deal similar to the one that he signed with the Mets last offseason. He is a great low-risk, high-reward player. The Mets should look into taking another chance with him, as he has the potential to become a strong presence in the Mets' rotation, barring any injuries.
The Mets' recent acquisitions will put the team at 41 players on their 40-man roster, so there isn't much room for any more players. The Mets avoided picking any players in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft due to that very reason.
With that said, the Mets are probably going to acquire a slew of players in the remaining stages of the offseason. Sandy Alderson and Co. will then decide how they will put together their 40-man roster for the upcoming 2012 season.
The bottom line is that while the Mets aren't expected to make any more "big" moves, they will still look to bring in a few players to compete for a job in spring training. The Mets have filled the majority of their holes, and they should be rather quiet for the rest of the offseason.