Five things on Mets' to-do list in offseason

Jon Rauch celebrates the final out of the Jon Rauch celebrates the final out of the eighth inning of a game against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Sept. 11, 2012) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

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Hunting for outfielders

The lack of position player depth in the Mets' farm system is best exemplified by the team's outfield situation. With jobs open, and without any surefire prospects ready to seize one, the Mets hope to find available stopgaps on the market. They'll likely gravitate toward those with power.

 

Catching on

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The Mets' quartet of catchers -- led by the disappointing Josh Thole -- combined to produce the lowest wins above replacement (minus-0.3) of any team in the major leagues. Thole likely will be back, but the Mets could use an alternative.

 

Restock the bullpen

Expect a replay of last offseason, when the Mets spread their limited resources by stocking their bullpen with the likes of veteran Jon Rauch, who turned in a solid season after signing a one-year deal. They'll look to veteran options in the pen to guard against being forced into using their young arms before they're ready.

 

Find an innings-eater

The Mets also want to protect themselves from having to rush any of their young arms into the starting rotation, which will put them in the market for Chris Young-type veterans who can soak up some innings.

 

Keeping them in the fold

The Mets also could move to retain some of their free agents such as catcher Kelly Shoppach and outfielder Scott Hairston. Pitcher Mike Pelfrey, who likely will be non-tendered, also falls into that group if he's willing to play for less money than he made last season.

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