I seriously doubt the New York Mets front office has the Super Bowl checked off on their calendar as some sort of deadline for having certain issues handled, but for most fans, focus is likely to shift (if it hasn't already) as the weekend approaches. So as the NFL playoffs come to a climax this Sunday and we scurry to check out the Super Bowl 47 odds before determining our best Super Bowl 47 betting strategy, here are the unanswered questions that remain in Queens.
Will Michael Bourn be wearing a Mets uniform in 2013?
Yesterday Joel Sherman of the New York Post made it clear that the team has ”vowed not to forfeit the 11th pick in June’s draft, no matter how much they could use Bourn to bat leadoff and upgrade what is currently a flimsy outfield assortment.” The team could go forward and file a grievance in the hopes that they would be able to have their pick protected, as it was supposed to be a top 10 selection, but Sherman doesn't believe there is much likelihood anything will come of such a request.
Now there's a chance that Bourn's price continues to drop as potential suitors seem unwilling to give him the 5-year-contract he is requesting, but as his demands fall, the number of interested parties would be sure to rise, giving the Mets a new set of competition to face while trying to obtain his services. I still believe Texas will rejoin the race to sign Bourn, despite reports that the team is not interested and will remain out of the running even if Nelson Cruz is suspended for the start of the season in light of the recent PED accusations. Once other hats are thrown into the ring and the 30-year-old outfielders price starts to rise, I just don't think the Metsecutives will be able to view him as a bargain and to that end, they'll move on.
Will the Mets sign another starting pitcher?
The team added Shaun Marcum to the rotation last week but rumors have recently picked up regarding their interest in Roy Oswalt. It seems like Oswalt's name comes up every year with the Mets and this year the idea of b
ringing him on board is just not exciting. There's been some debate as to whether or not the team is really even interested in 35-year-old righty who worked soley as a reliever for the Texas Rangers in 2012. Having already handed out a major league contract that could be worth up to $6 million (after incentives) to Marcum, I think the Mets are probably out of the running for Joe Saunders, who reportedly has a 2-year offer on the table from an unnamed team, but I could still see them chasing a veteran on a minor league deal if the price is right. Maybe the Chris Young love fest isn't quite over just yet?
Will the Beard be Feared in Queens?
Yesterday the Mets signed former Red Sox reliever Scott Atchison to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Early this month Vinny wrote that Atchison was a free agent that intrigued him, so I'm sure this signing made him happy. Atchinson, who allowed 9 ER over 51 1/3 innings of work while holding left handed batters to a .188 average over 85 at-bats, is 36-years-old and could be pitching with a bit of a chip on his shoulder as he was reportedly not happy with the offer Boston made to him after putting up a 3.23 ERA over three seasons with the Sox.
Even after signing Atchison yesterday and Pedro Feliciano last week, I think there's still work to be done in the bullpen. While speaking to Jim Bowden on SiriusXM Sports Radio this past Saturday, Sandy Alderson indicated that the team could consider adding someone to strengthen the back end of the pen.
If healthy, former Giants closer Brian Wilson might be able to fit that role, but that's a big if and one the Mets seem adamant about addressing before committing to the reliever.
I'm of the mindset that Wilson would be a welcome addition to a rather lifeless bullpen and am hoping the Mets can get him at a reasonable price and at least see if his value rises as things progresses throughout the year. I think both parties are interested in making something work and of all the questions that still remain this offseason, this is one that I think ends with a 'yes'.
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