The Padres signed outfielder Mark Kotsay to a 1 year, $1.25 million contract. Kotsay, at this stage of his career, has become a valuable bench player and I think could have landed more money on the open market. Maybe even a 2 year deal. He may have just wanted to return to the west coast where he had the best years of his career with San Diego and Oakland. His contract is very much (obviously) in the Mets budget and would have been an excellent acquisition. I think it is more likely the Mets will snag a couple of proven players on minor league contracts and see if they can pay them the league minimum.