What The Mets Need To Address In The Offseason
Their are many questions the Mets need to address this off-season. The first question is who will be traded. Players who could be traded include Ike Davis, Lucas Duda, and Daniel Murphy. Ike Davis struggled greatly this year before getting hurt, hitting below .200. Lucas Duda also did not have a good year, batting just .223. The bright side for Duda this year was his 15 home runs in just 100 games. Daniel Murphy on the other hand is a player who has a lot of value. Murphy batted .286, 78 RBI’s, had 13 homers, and scored 92 runs. Murphy continues to prosper, but the Mets may trade him, especially with new major league second baseman Wilmer Flores on the team. These 3 players are the players with the Mets who may just not be on the team come April 2014. The next question the Mets need to address is weather the Mets will sigh a top free agent. One player who there have been several rumors of joining the Mets after the postseason is Shin-Soo choo. Over the past 5 seasons Choo has a .287 batting average. This year Choo has 21 home runs and 34 doubles and hit .285. This year, the Mets rank 3rd to last in on base percentage. Shin-Soo Choo is second in the NL in on base percentage with .423 OBP. So Choo certainly fills a need for the Mets in that aspect. Choo is a guy who does not swing out of the strike zone often. He is second in the NL with 109 walks; second to his teammate Joey Votto. If the Mets were to go out and get a top free agent, it would most likely be Shin-Soo Choo. Yet another question the Mets have to get an answer for is who is their shortstop. Right now, the Mets have Omar Quintinilla, Rubin Tejada, and Wilfredo Tovar. The organization has said that Quintanilla cannot hit enough to be an every day player, while Tovar needs more time in the minors for “seasoning”. That leaves the job to Tejada. Terry Collins, when asked this question, responded by saying, “The job is Tejada’s to lose or win.” This simply means that if Tejada plays well, he will keep the job, and if not then he wont. The final question the Mets need to address is weather Matt Harvey is getting surgery or not The Mets and Matt Harvey clearly are on different pages about the need for Tommy John surgery. The Mets’ press release at the time of Harvey’s announcement that he would attempt rehab and a throwing program for six to eight weeks clearly implied Harvey needed to disprove the need for surgery with that two-month program. Alderson said that he can really only count on on Niese, Zach Wheeler and Dillon Gee in 2014. So the Mets likely need to obtain one veteran starting pitcher as a hedge against Harvey missing next season. If Harvey ends up OK, that starter could compete with youngsters such as Rafael Montero, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. These are 4 of the main questions the Mets need to address in the off-season. Which of them they will address is in the hands of the organization.