Found November 01, 2011 on The Daily Stache:

It is well known that outside of an outside shot at resigning Jose Reyes, the Mets will not be a major player in any of the other franchise players who hit the market this offseason. The Omar Minaya days of signing the biggest name on the market have come and gone—to some fan’s glee and to other’s dismay.

So rather than lament the fact that there will not be a shiny, new toy suiting up for the Mets next season, let’s take a look at the top five cost effective options for the Mets on the market this off-season:

1. Grady Sizemore–I am a FIRM believer that letting Angel Pagan walk and going after Sizemore is an absolute must for the Mets. In order to make the playoffs next year, every move Sandy Alderson makes is going to need to be a home run. And if Sizemore stays healthy (I know, I know that is  HUGE if) he will be just that. Sizemore is more than capable of hitting just under .300 while popping 25+ home runs and driving in 100+ runs. Oh and he will be doing all that for about 5 million dollars.

2. Jason Marquis–This man is an absolute workhorse and has consistently made known his dreams of pitching in a Mets uniform. He is not going to provide any stellar outings, but he won’t be stinking up the joint either. Behind the likes of Johan Santana and Jon Niese, Marquis would shore up the back end of the rotation. The best part of this? He seems to want to pitch for the Mets so bad, MLBTradeRumors.com predicts he would settle for a one-year deal.

3. Jonathan Broxton–Lately there has been a ton of chatter over Joe Nathan coming to the Mets. Honestly all of that chatter is beyond frightening when you consider that Broxton is flying under the radar because of his own injury concerns. Both pitchers would come with a significant risk-yet Broxton provides twice the ceiling. He’ll have an occasional blow-up, but more often than not he’ll dominant with his 95+ mph fastball. If I’m Alderson, I’d exhaust myself trying to sign the ex-Dodger long before I turned to the burnt out 36-year-old Nathan.

4. Frank Francisco–If the Mets want to shore up their bullpen, here is the chance. Francisco is coming off of a year in which he struck out more batters than innings pitched (53-50) and posted a respectable 3.55 ERA. Letting up seven home runs are a few more than you hope for in the later innings, but you are looking at quality seventh or eighth inning man here—not you’re closer.

5. Erik Bedard–This is an acquisition the Mets should avoid unless they can get Bedard for a sweet-heart deal. But if that deal presents itself, they need to jump on it. Bedard started to show something of his old self last year in his time with the Red Sox. While like most of the names on this list he is a serious threat to spend the year on the DL, I could just as easily see him winning comeback player of the year. So if the opportunity presents itself—take a chance on this 32-year-old lefty.

 

THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

It's November 3rd - Let The Jose Reyes Frenzy Commence

It is after 12:01 AM on November 3rd, and the Jose Reyes frenzy is in full force. Having just logged onto the World Wide Web, we are already being inundated with Reyes Rumors. Jose has been a free agent for less than 9 hours, and the "experts", and I use that term very loosely, are predicting that the Brewers and Nationals are the front runners to sign Mets/former Mets...

Jose Reyes ranks fourth on Keith Law’s list of top 50 free agents

Keith Law of ESPN.com published his list of top 50 free agents for this offseason and Jose Reyes ranked fourth.  Prince Fielder, Albert Pujols, and Yu Darvish (Japan) came in ahead of the longtime Mets shortstop in Law’s breakdown, though he did say that “Reyes would be first on this list if he came into it with a clean medical record.” Well, I figured Fielder and Pujols...

Mets unwillingly to offer six or more years to Reyes

In a report for the Daily News, Andy Martino says, “Sources familiar with the team’s thinking have maintained that the Mets are unwilling to offer six or seven years (to Jose Reyes), and might be uncomfortable with five.” In regards to the team’s parameters for re-signing Reyes, Martino quotes Sandy Alderson as saying, “We have a sense of where we would be comfortable or...

Quick Q&A: Dickey will be “elated” if the Mets re-sign Jose Reyes

Me too R.A…. If the Mets re-sign him I think every Met fan in the entire world will let out a huge sigh of relief. I just hope this situation doesn’t drag out past December or January. It’s just too long to wait! For those of you wondering, elated means “In high spirits; exultant or proud” (Dictionary.com). Tweet

Mets' Reyes window open until Thursday

Jose Reyes officially became a free agent for the first time yesterday, and that doesn't figure to change anytime soon. The Mets' five-day window to exclusively negotiate with the All-Star shortstop ends at midnight on Thursday, when Reyes and his agents can find out what other teams think he...

Mets will take time before making Reyes offer

The Mets do not plan to make an offer to free-agent shortstop Jose Reyes anytime soon, general manager Sandy Alderson said Monday, nor do they expect Reyes to sign before December.

Red Sox interested in Grady Sizemore

Reports have been circulating the rumor mill about the Red Sox having interest in often-injured outfielder Grady Sizemore. According to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald, Sizemore would be interested in a corner outfield position if it is the right fit. Now, the question remains, is Sizemore the right fit? There is an argument to be made for both sides. The bad: Sizemore has...

Sizing Up Sizemore For Mets Center Field Job

The Mets have made a string of bad signings when it comes to aging, injured, unproductive  or otherwise scarred players. Moises Alou, Julio Franco, Oliver Perez, Luis Castillo and Guillermo Mota. We could spend all day adding to the list. It isn’t a great free-agent market, but there’s a name on the list worth rolling the dice with despite his recent injury history. The Cleveland...

Indians decline Sizemore option, acquire Lowe

The Cleveland Indians shook up their roster Monday, declining the option on outfielder Grady Sizemore while bolstering their starting rotation with the acquisition of Derek Lowe from Atlanta.The oft-injured Sizemore was slated to make $9 million next season. The 29-year-old batted just .224 with 10 home runs and 32 RBIs in 71 games with the Indians last season.Cleveland received...

Cleveland Indians decline option on Grady Sizemore

Cleveland Indians Grady Sizemore fails to make a diving catch on a hit by Alex Rodriguez during the ninth inning of the Indians MLB American League baseball game in Cleveland, Ohio July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASEBALL) Grady Sizemore is now a free agent. The Cleveland Indians declined to pick up Sizemore’s $9 million option for 2012....

The Devil's Advocate Argument For Grady Sizemore

As a baseball blogger you get a unique perspective into the way your team’s fan base thinks, how they react to certain ideas, and perhaps most important, what really pisses them off. One thing I’ve noticed about Nats fans, which I’ve never really understood, is how much they really hate failed experiments. So much to the point, that they sometimes can get aggravated over the...

Antonetti: Tough Decisions Being Made, Goals Being Reached

Following a weekend that was dominated by football both extremely fortunate and abhorrently banal, the Cleveland Indians took over the headlines following their decision to part ways (at least in the meantime) with longtime outfielder Grady Sizemore while bolstering their rotation via the likes of Fausto Carmona’s club option and trading for veteran right-hander Derek Lowe.  Addressing...

While We’re Waiting… Sizemore’s Options, NBPA Cracking and Blue Jacket Coverage

While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com. You knew this would happen of course- “The Red Sox are looking for a right fielder to replace J.D. Drew. Yesterday, Grady Sizemore became an intriguing option that the...

Cleveland Indians A.M. Links: Opportunity is here for the Indians; Tribe declines Grady Sizemore's option; Pitcher Derek Lowe joins the Tribe

Cleveland Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore could return.
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.