I'll be honest with you. I'm not real thrilled with our options in this year Free Agents pool. I keep hearing all this talk on these boards about putting together a "solid" team. But putting together a "solid" team and "going all out" are 2 different things. Going "all out" gives me the impression that your shooting to contend not just play "solid". In order to be a World Series calibre team the ingredient you need within the team's makeup is not just "solid". You need "awesomeness".
That's why I'm not very thrilled with what is available via free agency. The only really awesome options out there, as far as options that fit our needs, are Cano, Choo, Ellsbury. Now there are some other good names on the market who could make some solid contributions. But again, if we're supposed to be going "all out" in 2014 we need "awesome" acquisitions, not just "solid" ones.
Again, the only names that fit that criteria in my opinion are Cano, Choo, and Ellsbury. And to be quite honest Choo for me just barely fits the "awesome" contribution criteria. His OBP is awesome. But he also has some not so awesome traits as well. But overall, would definitely be a significant improvement to our offense so I'd take him. Ellsbury is "awesome" but he's an injury risk also. That leaves us with Cano.
Cano is the only guy that would really be exciting to have. Because he would be the answer to what I believe is our biggest missing ingredient if we are to put together a contending team. Power. Now we have many needs. But imo, our greatest need is a consistent power bat in the lineup. Cano is the only "awesome" power bat on the market.
But as we all know, it's more than likely the Yanks are not going to let him go. Bummer. So that leaves us with Choo and Ellsbury, who don't fit the criteria for consistent-awesome-power-bat, but definitely improves our lineup significantly.
So my point to this whole diatribe is that I don't know if 2014 is the year to go "all out" just yet. I say go ahead and sign Choo (I'd personally prefer Ellsbury but looks like the Mets will go after Choo instead) but don't waste the rest of our money trying to sign a group of free agents who will make "solid contributions". I'd rather us continue to develop our young players and minor league talent to provide those solid contributions and save our money to sign "awesome" talent - like Cano, Choo, and Ellsbury type talent.
My other reason for this is because we already know that we will not have Harvey for 2014. And in order for us to contend we really need our "awesome" ace. So instead of going "all out", unless you're gonna get Cano AND Choo or Cano AND Ellsbury, I don't see much else on the market to excite me. Sure there's some other guys who can make some solid contributions but I'd rather us continue develop our homemade talent to make those solid contributions and use our saved up money to sign awesome talent possibly in 2015 when Harvey is back.
Anyways, that's the route I think the Mets should go. I'm tired of all this talk about "solid contributions". I want something better! We should be demanding for something better.