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We haven’t seen much from the New York Mets yet this offseason but it’s still early. None of the big free agents that the Mets should be interested in have come off the board yet anyway. It’s been in the news since yesterday that Chone Figgins signed a 4-year/$36M deal with the Mariners. As far as I’m concerned, that’s fine with me. I like Figgins but don’t see where he would fit in with the Mets roster. Maybe left field. But that’s a stretch for a guy with a long term contract at $9M/year.
At least the Mets are set at catcher. That was easy. Chris Coste will be the third string guy staying in shape at Triple-A Buffalo. And Henry Blanco should back up Omir Santos. Yahoo Sports wrote that the Mets are still in the market for a starter at catcher like Bengie Molina, Yorvit Torrealba, or Rod Barajas. But I think the Mets have bigger fish to fry than another catcher.
The Winter Meetings run from December 7-11. I doubt that they could get a deal done for Matt Holliday or Jason Bay this week. Omar Minaya should be able to lay the groundwork for a contract though during the meetings. That’s where he should spend most of his time.
A smaller portion of time should be spent working on the second tier free agent starting pitchers like Randy Wolf, Jason Marquis, and Joel Pineiro. None of them are great. But, contrary to popular opinion, I don’t think that the Mets need another great starter. They already have one. They need a great left fielder.