Originally written October 04, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
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The New York Mets have two clear priorities heading into the winter, coming off a fourth consecutive season in which they did not even sniff meaningful baseball in September. Holes exist up and down the roster, and there's not much payroll flexibility available to patch them. But more than anything, the Mets are committed to negotiating long-term deals with third baseman David Wright and starting pitcher R.A. Dickey. Both have club options on their contracts for 2013. "We really have not, until now, been in a position to retain our core players," general manager Sandy Alderson said, defining that goal as the second prong of his three-layer offseason approach. "I think we're in that place now." The other two prongs of Alderson's strategy are continuing to build through his farm system and beginning to invest "judiciously" in free agents. It is the type of plan that teams throughout baseball exercise on an annual basis, but it may prov...
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