A reasonable case can be made that the Phillies signing of either was or was not wise. What's not debatable is that Byrd's departure from the free agent pool means one less available player who would improve the Mets. The front office allegedly has some money to spend and there are dozens of free agents who represent an upgrade for the Mets at various positions. For everyone's sake -- the Wilpons, Sandy Alderson, Mets fans -- I hope several of these players will be wearing orange and blue next season. Here is a list of all free agents who would make the Mets a better team. Go out and get some of these players, Sandy Alderson.
- I included players like , who won't sign with the Mets but would nonetheless be an upgrade at second base.
- If a player should be added to or removed from the list, suggest it in the comments. I'll update accordingly. Click here for a list of free agents.
- I will update this list periodically as players are signed this offseason.
***Bartolo Colon*** (signed with the Mets!: 2 years, $20 million)
Dan Haren (signed with Dodgers: 1 year, $10 million with a vesting option for 2015) (signed with Twins: 3 years, $24 million) Josh Johnson (signed with Padres: 1 year, $8 million with a performance-based option) (signed with Athletics: 2 years, $22 million) (signed with Twins: 4 years, $49 million with a fifth-year option)
Jason Vargas (signed with Royals: 4 years, $32 million)
Note: Unless Travis d'Arnaud is traded, there's no reason to sign a top-flight catcher. Signing a back-up catcher might make sense though.
Robinson Cano (signed with Mariners: 10 years, $240 million)
(I would prefer to Infante but it's close)
Marlon Byrd (signed with Phillies: 2 years, $16 million plus third-year vesting option)
Jacoby Ellsbury (signed with Yankees: 7 years, $153 million plus eighth-year option) Mike Morse (signed with Giants: 1 year, $6 million) (signed with Indians: 2 years, $12 million plus a third-year option)
***Chris Young*** (signed with Mets!: 1 year, $7.25 million)