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Non-Tender Jeff Francoeur
Explanation: LaRoche is going to be a 30-year old free agent 1B who you can expect a .270/.340/.480 line from. The problem is, he's going to have a lot of players of similar value to him on the market this year in Aubrey Huff and Nick Johnson. My guess is, he's going to sign a 1 year deal and wait for 2011 where the only legitimate competition he could have is Derrek Lee (yes, Carlos Pena will be a free agent but he'll end up traded and extended).
Of course I could be wrong on LaRoche, but if I am there's always Overbay. He's rather expensive to the Blue Jays who I don't think see themselves contending in 2010 especially if the trade Halladay. I'm sure they'd like a nice, controllable pitcher for 2 years, contenders or not. I think Maine has little use for the Mets -- he has no durability and is an injury risk -- but to a team with extra pitchers like Shaun Marcum and David Purcey available he'll be a fine 5 starter. But why do I want Overbay? He's a lefty with some pop, and almost every year has a good OBP, AND HE'S HEALTHY. He and LaRoche are our best options at 1B. Plus, he'll cost nothing with Maine and Francoeur gone
2. Sign Bobby Abreu to a 3 year, $20 million deal.
Explanation: The Mets are going to need an effective replacement in right, and I think Abreu is the man for the job. He's a historically good fielder who always puts up a good OBP. Unfortunately he's not going to take another one year deal, and I think at the least over the next 3 years he'll have an at least .360 OBP. The Dollars would be spread like so: 2010: $5 million, 2011: $7 million, 2012: $8 million. He really is the best option for a good hitting corner outfielder right now
3. Sign Ramon Hernandez to a 1-year, $2 million deal. OR Sign any catcher out there to a 1 year $2 million deal
Explanation: If he can be a catcher full time then put him there. If not get someone else. Really they're all the same. They all suck equally and honestly no one would sign for much more than that
Explanation: It's not too glamorous but I don't see much of a better option in CG
Explanation: It's good for MI depth and one of them will sign for that generous price
Explanation: The Mets really need a rotation upgrade. In the innings Bedard doesn't pitch we'll put in Holt or Mejia or Nieve or Gee
25 Man Roster:
Erik Bedard/John Lackey
Ramon Hernandez or whoever.
Adam LaRoche or Lyle Overbay
Omar Infante/John MacDonald/Jamey Carroll/Felipe Lopez
Rick Ankiel or Mike Cameron