After the formality of exercising the very friendly team option of R.A. Dickey and the fair option held on David Wright the real work of deciding to trade/extend and fortify the team though trades and free agency begins. Looking at the team as currently constructed we see many capable young left handed position players on the verge of reaching their ceilings, mixed with an enviable collection of starters, potential starters and middle innings arms. As we watched the 2nd half decline of Wright and the overall lack of power we also saw the disappearance of the patience that led them to score runs at an acceptable pace from 2011 up until July 2012.
The World Champion Giants showed much could be achieved with speed, putting the ball in play and having the one of the best pitching staffs in baseball. Looking up and down their roster as constructed I would be confident to attribute some of their success to good old fashion luck as well. An unlikely budding dynasty getting the most out of what they have collectively and peaking at the right time. The Mets from a talent perspective resemble the the 2008-2009 editions of the Giants in terms of pitching currently and whats on the way. The impending arrival of Zach Wheeler to go with Dickey, Santana, Harvey, Niese, Gee and possibly Mike Pelfrey are in any combination going to give the Mets a chance to win on a nightly basis. Creating a bullpen from within and investing the small amount of money left for free agency on offense could be achieved I feel with the transformation of Mike Pelfrey into a late innings reliever. The combination of Frank Francisco, Parnell, Pelfrey to go with the younger Carson, Edgin, Mejia and Familia and possibly McHugh and or even Gee as the long man would arm the Pitching Staff with many viable options. Key to that success would be a healthy season from Johan Santana and strong injury bounce backs from Gee and Pelfrey.
Considering the lack of money available for 2013 and the desire to sign David Wright long term both sides would be wise to consider a megacontract structured to free up money for this winter, perhaps 8 years from 2013 to 2020 for 145 million with 5 million in 2013 and 20 million annually from 2014 to 2020. I feel the Dickey situation can be addressed later either during the season or after. The additional 11 million freed up should be invested in one Quality everyday player in the mold of a Nick Swisher. The method of bargin bin shopping and lower level trades has not been kind to this front office recently. A dependable regular who switch hits, gets on base, plays multiple positions, hits for power and can assimilate himself into the core of the team could had a ripple effect as far as lengthening the regular lineup. Resigning Scott Hairston and holding on to the younger players under team control would give the team cheap depth and a chance to give the fans their customary competitive first half while retaining their chips for perhaps team energizing trades in July. Retaining Kelly Shoppach and going with mostly whats already here would be reasonable and possibly very competitive as the young players cut their teeth and gain experience at the major league level.
Let me be the first to say,
This should be a fanshot.