Reading the latest posts regarding the team's plans is like going to the tabloids to hear good news about your favorite entertainers. Most of the spin is negative, obviously, with stories changing by the day. After the 2012 season ended, Sandy Alderson led some to believe the Mets were going to be active in the trade market when he said "There are other ways to obtain players". Accoring to baseball reference, the Mets now seem more interested in addressing needs through free agency.
It is funny that there has been some talk about the Mets bringing back CF Angel Pagan. Obviously, that is not going to happen. But, Ryan Ludwick intrigues me. He is coming off a year where he made just $2 million for the Cincinnati Reds. He hit 26 HR and drove in 80 in 125 games. Add in the fact that he plays against both right and left handed pitchers, and he could be a fit. The question is, of course, do the Mets want to pay him and how much will it take? He probably earned himself a two year deal as he will only be 34 next season. As much as I appreciate what Scott Hairston did last year, Ludwick would clearly be an upgrade. Hairston will also likely get a two year deal for his performance last season. Other OFs that should interest the Mets are Nate McLouth, Reed Johnson, Juan Rivera and Don Kelly.
The Mets will be watching the non-tender deadline tonight. If Jesus Flores is non tendered by Washington, expect the Mets to get involved. However, it does not solve the Mets problems in finding an every day catcher as Flores does not provide much as a hitter. Other players, particularly pitchers, should become available at this time, opening up the possibilities of all teams to address needs. And then theres always trades, but depending on what tabloid you read, the Mets may or may not be interested in making trades.