Michael Baron, Contributor
Free agents Jhonny Peralta, Phil Hughes, and Corey Hart are three players to watch for the Mets this winter, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.
In Puma’s opinion, the Mets are afraid they will get priced out of players such as Curtis Granderson and Nelson Cruz, thanks in part to Marlon Byrd‘s two-year, $16 million deal he signed with the Phillies last week.
The Mariners and Phillies, who appear to be aggressive on the open market right now, and who have similar needs as the Mets, can have a direct impact on free agent prices this winter. Byrd had a fantastic comeback in 2013, but the Phillies overpaid to get him, considering he is older and still a bit of a gamble.
This sets a baseline for the middle-tiered corner outfielders on the market and further help Cruz, Granderson and Hart. That’s not to suggest the Mets intend to be cheap and avoid upgrading the roster because of what they fear might happen. Rather, it becomes about value, and not committing too large a percentage of their $30-40 million this winter for a dramatic overpay in a market full of flawed players.