Outlook: Mets at $110 million

As part of their Offseason Outlook Series, Tim Dierkes at MLB Trade Rumors takes a look at the Mets and their projected payroll commitments for 2010.

Dierkes figures that the Mets currently stand at $110 million on the books, with $35-$40 million coming off of it, which can help to plug the many holes the Mets have exposed.

…of course, it all depends on whether or not they will spend that money…

Dierkes suggests that, with so many holes, the Mets are better off obtaining four or five “sensible” free agents rather than pursue big money players such as John Lackey or Matt Holliday.

…i am torn on the scenario… i think that both players would definitely improve things, as they would have a left fielder that they have longed for, as well as a pitcher to compliment Johan Santana, but is also the caliber of an ace…

…that said, i agree with tim, in that there are so many holes that it could make more sense to plug each of them with sensible talent… it would certainly be an improvement over what they have now and, at this point, i am not sure that signing the big ticket is the answer anymore…

…they need personalities and specific talents that fit the mold of a team that they are trying to build, and while lackey is someone that fits that mold, i am not sure that holliday is – considering that he is not a defensively-oriented left fielder, and defense has been a big problem for the Mets in 2009…

Dierkes believes a group of Bobby Abreu, Nick Johnson and someone like Gregg Zaun, who would be paired with Josh Thole, could all be had for around $25 million and would give the Mets five guys with a .400 or higher OBP.

…abreu is always an interesting target, but a lot has been said about his attitude, especially when the team goes bad… that said, it’s hard to argue with the level of consistency he comes to the table with, and this year is no different than prior years for him… of course, he isn’t getting any younger…

For more on this, check out MLB Trade Rumors.