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Reasons for Optimism Moving Forward
- Updated: January 4, 2013
We have had plenty of false hope over the years with guys like Alex Escobar, Bill Pulsipher, Paul Wilson, Jason Isringhausen and more, but the Mets have a steady crop coming, and while, as a fan, it’s tough to have to wait until next year before the season even start, there’s some reason for optimism moving forward.
The Mets have the potential to have a dominant rotation, a la the San Francisco Giants did when they won the World Series. I can see a rotation of Zach Wheeler, Matt Harvey, Jon Niese, Dillion Gee and Jennry Mejia or Noah Syndergaard. That’s the Mets’ dream, a completely homegrown rotation with cornerstone guys like D’Arnoud, Ike Davis, Ruben Tejada and David Wright in the field.
Money Coming off the Books
- Johan Santana- $25.5 Million: We will never forget the no-hitter, but this is likely his last year with the club. The Mets are moving towards youth, and he’s been injury prone and declining.
- John Buck- $6 million (although $3 million is being paid by Miami): He’ll hit a few homers, but when the time is right and D’Arnoud is ready, he will become an afterthought.
- Frank Francisco- $6.5 million: He’d have to have the best season of his career to envision a future beyond this season in Queens.
David Wright’s Extension
I had the same feeling going into the David Wright extension talks as I did with Mike Piazza. I wanted them to keep him, but I didn’t think it was going to happen. Luckily for us, I was wrong on both accounts, and the Mets were able to keep their cornerstone player. He also has just $11 million owed to him this season before it jumps to $20 million from 2014-18. He agreed to defer $2.5 million during those years to give the Mets a little more wiggle room.
There are Bargains on the Market
I scoured the free agent market (thanks ESPN) and came up with some guys that may have to prove themselves on one or sometimes two-year deals. Let’s take a look.
- Matt Capps: He owns a career 3.52 ERA and would be a nice fit for Citifield.
- Aaron Cook: Definitely looking to prove himself, and he’s a groundball pitcher. Would also be a nice fit for Citifield.
- Kyle Farnsworth: Solid reliever who could be had, but it might take a 2-year deal to get him.
- Brandon Inge: Has had tough times, could probably be snagged at no risk on a minor-league deal.
- Carlos Lee: Do the Mets dare take a shot and risk defense? His power right-handed bat is surely tempting, and he’s still got some pop in that bat.
- Matt Lindstrom: The fireballer has talent, and he was a pretty good closer at one point. Would probably have to fork over major league money on a 1-year deal to get him.
- Juan Oviedo: More commonly known as Leo Nunez. Minor league deal and would be low risk. He was a good closer during his time with the Florida Marlins.
- Jon Rauch: Proved enough last year, and the market’s been dry for him. It’d be worth another 1-year deal.
- Francisco Rodriguez: Another guy who’s worth giving a shot. Although he comes with those crazy antics, the talent is there.
- Chien-Ming Wang: Another guy looking to prove himself. No risk on minor league deal, although he may go back overseas.
- Delmon Young: Going to cost you money and multiple years, but he’s right handed and would fit nicely in the line-up. PS- He looks like Jay-Z.
What do you think the Mets should do? Tell us in the comments section below.