Mets have money to spend, still looking to fill holes

“The Mets have quite a bit of money left to spend (this winter),” CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman said on Twitter.

According to Heyman, the Mets are still looking for an outfielder, reliever and starting pitcher.

In regards to the rotation, this winter, the Mets have been most linked in rumors to Shaun Marcum, Joe Saunders, Carl Pavano and Chris Young, though Jair Jurrjens, Kyle Lohse, Derek Lowe and Daisuke Matsuzaka, among others, are also available.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Last week I said, “From what I can gather, the Mets are looking to give only a one-year deal (to a starting pitcher). They have the money to pay any of the above, but they would prefer not to give out a long-term contract. They’re using New York City, their pitcher’s park and a guaranteed spot in the rotation as bait.”

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My guess is they’re hoping to sway Marcum, who would be a good fit. He has lots of upside, but could need to settle for a one-year deal with incentives, since he’s got lots of questions surrounding his elbow and shoulder. I’m also liking the idea of Dice-K, who might benefit from moving to a pitcher’s park in the National League. He’s had a series of bizarre, random injuries. If he’s healthy, he’s intriguing, plus he’d add a little buzz to this team. However, the buzz around Matsuzaka is that he wants to either pitch in San Diego or Japan.

Frankly, I’m far more concerned with the outfield. I just don’t understand what Sandy Alderson is doing.

It looks like the Red Sox are keeping Jacoby Ellsbury. Coco Crisp can be had, but Oakland is not pressured to move him. Michael Bourn is still seeking a long-term contract. Scott Hairston is waiting on the Yankees, and a few other teams. And after that, it’s the same old unimpressive crop of scrap-heap minor league deals waiting to compete in Spring Training.

I realize options are limited, money or no money. But, something has got to happen, and time is winding down here. Lucas Duda and the Platoon Partners is just not good enough…