David Schoenfield of ESPN SweetSpot considers Three Fixes for Each NL East Team. Here are the Mets:
1. Shortstop: If not Reyes, who?
Likely solution: Sign Reyes, or give the job to Ruben Tejada. He’s never going to hit with any power, but he posted a .360 OBP last season at age 21 (in 376 plate appearances). How rare is that? Since 1980, only three other middle infielders had at least 300 plate appearances at age 21 and posted an OBP of at least .350 – Alex Rodriguez, Delino DeShields and Jerry Browne. If Tejada can handle short, maybe the Mets are better off spending their money elsewhere.
2. Bullpen: Who closes?
Only the Cubs, Rockies and Astros had a worse bullpen ERA than the Mets in 2011, and none of them had the luxury of pitching their home games in Citi Field. While the Mets could certainly use an ace for the rotation (only the most hopeful will believe in Johan Santana’s comeback), building a bullpen can be cheap and easy.
Likely solution: Ryan Madson? No, he’s too expen...