When football is over, it’s back to worrying about what kind of team the Mets will be able to field in 2013. It’s a frightening thought when you consider that the club appears set to begin the season with a starting outfield consisting of Mike Baxter, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, and Lucas Duda. I honestly think you’d be hard pressed to find a scout around the league that thinks any one of those guys (let alone all three) is currently a legitimate starting outfielder, so to say this is a point of weakness for the Mets is an understatement. All Mets fans can hope is that something changes with the outfield situation between now and Spring Training, such as the team resigning Scott Hairston or making a trade that will bring a more recognizable face to patrol the Citi Field grass. The team, according to Mark Hale of the New York Post, remains interested in bringing back the free agent right hander.
As we wrote earlier today, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweeted that while the Mets have checked in with the Arizona Diamondbacks, who appear to have a surplus of capable outfielders after their signing of Cody Ross, the team found the price tag on Justin Upton too high and did not see Jason Kubel as a fit:
Heyman also went on to tweet that the D-Backs are looking for young pitchers in exchange for Kubel:
Much to do about nothing here, I guess. I don’t think Kubel is a difference maker so while he would help the team a bit in 2013, sending a prospect to Arizona and picking up his salary for the year doesn’t seem like a move that will come close to putting the tam over the top. Upton is a different case all together. He’s 25-years-old and a budding star, but there’s a reason why no team has ponied up to get him, Arizona is seeking a tremendous package in return. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Atlanta, Seattle, Texas, and San Diego have all been linked to the young outfielder but nothing has evolved.
I’m waiting for the Mets, who are rumored now to have money to spend, to do something here in the offseason that will have an immediate impact on the 2013 team and beyond.
Hairston genuinely seems as though he wants to return and the fact that the team can offer the 32-year-old free agent significant playing time after hitting .263 with 20 homers for the team last season is likely weighing heavily on his decision.
Upton, on the other hand, seems out of reach, but Alderson has done a good job of cutting payroll the past couple of seasons while rebuilding the farm system. Dickey and Reyes are gone, Wright will be a Met for life, but there has to be something else. Hairston isn’t the type of player to sell jerseys but he will help the team win games in 2013 and resigning him would be the first indication that management intends to invest in that goal.
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