Link Roundup: Scraping Together a Roster
Pitchers and Catchers report in less than a month, and the Mets still have holes to fill on their roster.
They need a starting pitcher to help replace the 220 innings left behind by R.A. Dickey. Rumor had it they were interested in Daisuke Matsuzaka, but another rumor had it they weren’t.
They also need a late-inning bullpen arm to either close or set up. They worked out RHP Brian Wilson, but apparently were not impressed. Wilson, however is still on the Mets’ radar. The former Giants closer is coming off his second Tommy John surgery. He also had a procedure to repair his FHCL (Facial Hair Cruciate Ligament).
The Mets also need a right handed hitting outfielder. They’ve been looking to bring back Scott Hairston after his career year in Flushing in 2012, but balked at his most recent asking price of 2 years, $8 million. They countered with a 1 year, $2 million offer.
If Hairston is their biggest offseason free agent target, then they surely are strapped for cash. The Mets aren’t even shopping in the frozen food section anymore, they’re buying packages of “manager’s special” chicken that expired yesterday.
That’s not a knock against Hairston – he’s a useful, if unspectacular, player – it’s a knock against the Wilpons, who continue to grind their franchise into the ground.
In more positive news, David Wright will represent the Mets on Team USA in this year’s World Baseball Classic. He’ll be joined by former teammate R.A. Dickey.