Found October 09, 2012 on BigAppleMetsTalk:

The Mets have a long list of things to do this off-season, one that really begins and ends with R.A. Dickey and David Wright. I honestly can not believe that they have some many issues to address. I thought this season would be one where we found some solutions going forward. Instead we found that we don’ t really have much on the current roster who will be here in the future, and instead we need to look elsewhere to fill out a major league caliber lineup.


Obviously with our budgetary constraints we won’t be able to fill all of our voids on the open market. So that means that guys like Lucas Duda, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Jordany Valdespin will have to hit the gym and work their tails off this off-season. It didn’t seem to work too well this past season as we did not get the home run power we were hoping for form guys like Lucas Duda. Maybe Lucas should try these exercise programs as a way to build up some more strength  because that is the only reason why he is here. These guys will all be invited to camp and have a chance to earn a roster spot next season. We know Jason Bay will most likely be here, and Sandy alluded to the fact that he will most likely be in a platoon in left field with a lefty, possibly Duda. But in my opinion that is not set, especially if Lucas is dealt, or one of the aforementioned players completely outplay him in the spring.


It comes as no surprise to anyone that we did not make the playoffs. But did we all think it would be this bad? Did we really believe that we would enter this off-season with more holes to fill than the Houston Astros? And yes I am serious, we are not that far off from being as bad as they are, only our pitching separates us. The Mets put a minor league lineup out there most nights, and Murphy, Davis and Wright can simply not do it alone.


I want wholesale changes in the lineup, but that will not happen unless we are able to make some trades. Sandy has his hands full with limited funds to work with once again. We took a step in the right direction this season financially. Next season we will have much more to work with after Santana and Bay’s contracts come off the books. For now though, we need to grin and bear it, because unless Sandy has a bag of tricks up his sleeve, we may be looking at another mediocre season in 2013.

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