By: Stache Staff

Exploring The Future of the New York Mets


As we embark on the final two games of the season, the Mets will enter into an offseason of uncertainty with money to spend.

Remember, just because they have X amount coming off the books doesn’t mean they’re going to spend it all. Let’s look at who’s coming off the books.

  1. Johan Santana: $25.5 million in ’13. He’ll be bought out for $5.5 million.
  2. Frank Francisco: $6.5 million in ’13. Free agent.

There’s other money coming off the books as well, so let’s look at where the Mets’ potential needs are.

  1. Veteran Starter
  2. First Base
  3. Shortstop
  4. Outfield

Projected team thus far going into next year:

  • C- Travis D’Arnaud
  • 1B- Ike Davis, Lucas Duda or Acquisition
  • 2B- Daniel Murphy unless traded
  • 3B- David Wright
  • SS- Ruben Tejada or Acquisition
  • LF- Unknown
  • CF- Juan Legares
  • RF- Unknown
  • Likely on Roster: Justin Turner, Ike Davis, Lucas Duda
  • SP: Wheeler, Niese, Gee, Harvey (?), Unknown

Potential Targets

  1. Shin Soo Choo- Really likes it in Cincinnati but money talks. Since he’s north of 30, I’d hate to give him too long a deal, but he fits the moneyball philosophy perfectly. As Jonah Hill said in Moneyball, he’s the “Greek God of OBP”. Likelihood: Good Chance.
  2. Jacoby Ellsbury- Really talented, but too injury prone. He’d fit right in at the top of the lineup, but I think his asking price and durability concerns scare the Mets away. LikelihoodPossible, but unlikely.
  3. Robinson Cano- Keep dreaming fans. We have a second baseman. Although he’s much better, it doesn’t address a serious need, and would be a waste of resources. Likelihood: Slim to none.
  4. Nelson Cruz: Would address the Mets’ need for power in right field. Despite his suspension, I still think he nets at least a three-year deal on the open market, and he’ll probably be someone the Mets seriously look at. Likelihood: Possible.
  5. Carlos Beltran: His Mets’ days are behind him, and it’s no secret he doesn’t like the spotlight New York provides. I’d consider a reunion as likely as a Cano signing. Likelihood: Slim to none.
  6. Bronson Arroyo: Seems like the Mets are connected to him in some fashion every off-season, but this might be the year they swoop in. My gut tells me that this is one that will come to fruition. Likelihood: Good Chance.
  7. Jhonny Peralta: Was having a great year before suspended, would address the Mets’ need for consistency at shortstop. I still don’t think it’s a probable fit. Likelihood: Possible, but unlikely.

Who do you want to see the Mets go after in free agency? Tell us in the comments section below.

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About Michael Ganci

Michael Ganci is the Co-Founder of the Daily Stache, along with Matthew Falkenbury. Since 2008, Ganci has eat, drank and dreamt all things Mets, and he'd have it no other way. Feel free to follow him on Twitter at @DailyStache.

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