I have no words adequate to describe this:
There is a term in baseball, grinder, to describe those who bring it every day and treat each at-bat like a mini holy war. The Mets need a whole lot fewer whiners and lawyers who sap the energy/togetherness in their clubhouse, and more grinders, especially because Randolph is so non-confrontational even with his worst offenders. Look, the Diamondbacks are a club that believes in statistical analysis, yet recently gave Eric Byrnes a three-year, $30 million extension in recognition of what his daily zeal does for the group.
So the Mets should look seriously at free agents Aaron Rowand to play center field and David Eckstein to play second base, and/or see if they could pry someone such as the Angels' jack-in-the-box Chone Figgins to be their jack-of-all-trades.
Yes, that's what the Mets need: the ability to make more outs, but make them more passionately. That grittyhustleness won't come cheap, though.
The bar has been set pretty high for this early in the offseason, but perhaps if we work together we can find something to top this. Let's use this thread as a roundup for further offseason insanity.