As we embark on a new year, let’s take a detailed look at what’s happened so far in the Mets’ offseason.
LHP Kyle Lobstein (Rule 5 Draft pick) traded to Detroit Tigers for cash
Traded cash to the Oakland Athletics for INF Brandon Hicks
LHP Aaron Laffey signed to a minor-league contract with invitation to spring training
RHP Carlos Torres signed to a minor-league contract with invitation to spring training
INF Brian Bixler signed to a minor-league contract with invitation to spring training
RHP Greg Burke signed to a minor-league contract (later added to 40-man roster)
OF Jamie Hoffman signed to a minor-league contract
LHP Scott Rice signed to a minor-league contract
INF Josh Rodriguez signed to a minor-league contract
C Anthony Recker claimed off waivers from Chicago Cubs
LHP Kyle Lobstein claimed off waivers from Montgomery Biscuits (Rule 5 Draft)
Some of you may be thinking, “gee whiz, is that ALL? When are the Mets going to get it in gear and overhaul this team, as Sandy Alderson said a few months ago that he’d do?” Relax, and have patience, young grasshopper. The Mets front office prefers to take things slowly and cautiously, making sure to methodically analyze all options fully before committing. There are many bargains to be had by playing the waiting game. Consider that last January, the Mets signed 14 free agents — half of them in the last week of the month. The strategy paid off handsomely, as once February arrived, Scott Hairston, Ronny Cedeno, Miguel Batista, and Omar Quintanilla were all in Mets uniforms.
Now, doesn’t that make you feel better? I fully expect the Mets to make a similar haul in the coming thirty days — imagine the possibilities!
What’s your feeling? Are you excited about who the Mets may bring in this month? Anyone in particular in mind? Answer in the comments.
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