The Mets 2009 roster is full of holes but should start to take shape this week at the Winter Meetings. The meetings start up on Sunday December 7th in Las Vegas and Omar Minaya will be able to start making some moves, whether trades or free agent signings, during the week.
There have plenty of rumors over the last several weeks about the closer, starting pitchers, and second base. But the activity has been curiously slow so far. Be it the 21st century version of the Great Depression or the astronomical contracts that the top-tier free agents are seeking, the free agent market is still undefined.
Until K-Rod, Derek Lowe, CC Sabathia, and Manny Ramirez sign contracts we won’t see much action happening. They need to set the tone for the market by signing contracts so the lower end free agents gain an understanding of their value. Not to mention the fact that some teams, like the Mets, may need to go the trade route for key roster spots if the K-Rod’s of the world sign elsewhere.
Expect the Mets to settle the closer the position this week. Whether we end up with K-Rod, Brian Fuentes, J.J. Putz, or Huston Street this week is still up for debate but I expect the issue to be resolved this week.