Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 9/21/12
The 2012 Mets were officially eliminated from postseason contention yesterday. Despite having been unofficially eliminated many, many weeks ago, the closure that comes with mathematical elimination can be healing, in a way. It allows us to turn our attention completely toward the 2013 team (well, and football). To start thinking about the future of the big league club in any sort of meaningful way, you have take inventory of what you have. For me, that means building a 2013 25-man roster exclusively from the pool of players over which the Mets have complete control. A roster with Scott Hairston or Kelly Shoppach or one of the Upton brothers may be where your fantasy offseason GMing ultimately takes you, but none of those guys can be there for Step 1. Right now, at this very moment, this is what I imagine the 2013 Mets to look like. Players in italics can be optioned to the minors in 2013. I’ve decided to nontender Mike Pelfrey, Manny Acosta, Rob Johnson, and Fred Lewis, and offer
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