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SHAUN MARCUM, starting pitcher Career (seven seasons): 57-36, (Credit: Getty Images)

SHAUN MARCUM, starting pitcher
Career (seven seasons): 57-36, 3.76 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 7.3 K/9, 2.8 BB/9
2012: 7-4, 3.70 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 7.9 K/9, 3.0 BB/9
Contract: One year, $4 million
Marcum averaged 86.5 mph on his fastball last season, which in some ways makes the soft-tosser an ideal replacement for the departed R.A. Dickey. But despite his lack of velocity, Marcum has pitched to a sub-4.00 ERA every season since 2008. He topped 195 innings in 2010 and 2011 before only completing 124 innings in 2012 due to injury. He went just 2-1 with a 4.32 ERA in his final eight starts of the season after returning from the disabled list. |

Mets offseason additions

Take a look at some of the more notable offseason signings and trades the Mets have made in preparation for the 2013 season.

SCOTT ATCHISON, reliever Career (six seasons): 7-7, 3.48
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SCOTT ATCHISON, reliever
Career (six seasons): 7-7, 3.48 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 7.0 K/9, 2.5 BB/9
2012: 2-1, 1.58 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 6.3 K/9, 1.6 BB/9
Contract: Signed to minor league contract
Stellar during the first half of the 2012 season, Atchison made just five starts after July 13 due to a UCL injury. It was thought that Atchison might have needed Tommy John ligament replacement surgery, but he successfully rehabbed the injury and allowed no runs and five hits in 5.1 innings during his return in September. |

WUILMER BECERRA, outfielder Career (one season): .250 avg.,
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WUILMER BECERRA, outfielder
Career (one season): .250 avg., .359 OBP, 0 HR, 4 RBIs (minors)
2012: .250 avg., .359 OBP, 0 HR, 4 RBIs (minors)
Contract: Not yet arbitration eligible
Becerra, an 18-year-old acquired in the R.A. Dickey trade, has only one professional season under his belt. Calling it a season is a stretch. He played in 11 games for the Blue Jays rookie league affiliate in 2012, playing both left and right field. |

ANDREW BROWN, outfielder Career (two seasons): .224 avg.,
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ANDREW BROWN, outfielder
Career (two seasons): .224 avg., .284 OBP, 5 HR, 14 RBIs
2012: .232 avg., .302 OBP, 5 HR, 11 RBIs
Contract: Not yet arbitration eligible
The Mets signed Brown as outfield insurance, an area they're severely lacking in. Brown showed power, with 12 extra-base hits in 112 at-bats in 2012. But he hasn't proved to be a consistent hitter and strikes out (42) more than three times as often as he walks (12). |

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JOHN BUCK, catcher Career (nine seasons): .235 avg.,
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JOHN BUCK, catcher
Career (nine seasons): .235 avg., .303 OBP, 118 HR, 423 RBIs
2012: .192 avg., .297 OBP, 12 HR, 41 RBIs
Contract: One year, $6 million
Buck brings power to the catcher spot, something the Mets have lacked the last several years. He's hit double-digit home runs in seven of the last nine seasons, including each of the last three. But he's in Flushing more as a place-holder for highly touted prospect Travis d'Arnaud, as a tutor for d'Arnaud when he's finally promoted and perhaps as a trade chip if he's able to recapture some of his 2010 form, when he hit .281 with 20 home runs. Buck came to the Mets as part of the R.A. Dickey trade. |

TIM BYRDAK, reliever Career (seasons): 13-13, 4.30 ERA,
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TIM BYRDAK, reliever
Career (seasons): 13-13, 4.30 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 8.7 K/9, 5.4 BB/9
2012: 2-2, 4.40 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 10 K/9, 5.3 BB/9
Contract: Signed to minor league contract
Byrdak is recovering from anterior capsule surgery, and it's still unclear exactly how much he'll be able to help the 2013 squad. But if he can return from the injury, he provides the team with a veteran lefty to help stabilize a revamped bullpen. |

COLLIN COWGILL, outfielder Career (two seasons): .255 avg.,
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COLLIN COWGILL, outfielder
Career (two seasons): .255 avg., .319 OBP, 2 HR, 18 RBIs
2012: .269 avg., .336 OBP, 1 HR, 9 RBIs
Contract: Not yet arbitration eligible
The Mets traded for Cowgill, right, to help improve their shallow depth in the outfield, sending a minor league infielder to the A's in return for the right-handed hitter. Cowgill has played all three outfield spots during his career, spending most of his time in center and left field. |

TRAVIS D'ARNAUD, catcher Career (six seasons): .286 avg.,
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TRAVIS D'ARNAUD, catcher
Career (six seasons): .286 avg., .343 OBP, 66 HR, 289 RBIs (minors)
2012: .333 avg., .380 OBP, 16 HR, 52 RBIs (minors)
Contract: Not yet arbitration eligible
d'Arnaud likely needs a little more seasoning in the minors – or at least the Mets will probably want to keep him there for awhile to avoid starting his major league service clock. But he's the most highly touted position player in their system and is the closest impact bat to reaching the majors. He was the key piece in the R.A. Dickey trade and has the ability to hit for average and power. His eye for the strike zone has developed throughout his career in the minors. |

PEDRO FELICIANO, reliever Career (eight seasons): 22-19, 3.31
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PEDRO FELICIANO, reliever
Career (eight seasons): 22-19, 3.31 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 8.2 K/9, 3.8 BB/9
2012: Did not pitch (injured)
Contract: Signed to a minor league contract
?Perpetual Pedro? is familiar to Mets fans from his stint with the club from 2002-2010. He led the National League in appearances from 2008-2010, never appearing in less than 86 games and coming into as many as 92 during the 2010 season. The Yankees signed Feliciano that offseason and, to little surprise, he went down with a shoulder injury and never threw a pitch for them. The Mets are now taking a gamble that the lefty can return to form. |

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LATROY HAWKINS, reliever Career (18 seasons): 65-88, 4.45
(Credit: Paul J. Bereswill, 2008)

LATROY HAWKINS, reliever
Career (18 seasons): 65-88, 4.45 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 6.0 K/9, 2.9 BB/9
2012: 2-3, 3.64 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 4.9 K/9, 2.8 BB/9
Contract: Signed to a minor league contract
Another new addition to the Mets revamped pen, Hawkins is a better option than his career numbers suggest. Since converting to relief pitching before the 2000 season, Hawkins has a 3.31 ERA. The righty has been particularly effective when pitching for clubs in the National League (Cubs, Giants, Rockies, Astros, Brewers), where he's posted a 2.97 ERA in relief. |

BRANDON LYON, reliever Career (seasons): 40-45, 4.12 ERA,
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BRANDON LYON, reliever
Career (seasons): 40-45, 4.12 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 79 saves, 10.1 K/9, 3.2 BB/9
2012: 4-2, 3.10 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 1 save, 9.3 K/9, 3.0 BB/9
Contract: Terms not yet disclosed
The Mets are on the verge of signing Lyon, General Manager Sandy Alderson confirmed on Feb. 4. Lyon, a former closer and set-up man, will almost certainly take some kind of late inning role and could conceivably compete with incumbent closer Frank Francisco and hard-throwing sometimes-closer Bobby Parnell for the ninth inning slot. |

SHAUN MARCUM, starting pitcher Career (seven seasons): 57-36,
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SHAUN MARCUM, starting pitcher
Career (seven seasons): 57-36, 3.76 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 7.3 K/9, 2.8 BB/9
2012: 7-4, 3.70 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 7.9 K/9, 3.0 BB/9
Contract: One year, $4 million
Marcum averaged 86.5 mph on his fastball last season, which in some ways makes the soft-tosser an ideal replacement for the departed R.A. Dickey. But despite his lack of velocity, Marcum has pitched to a sub-4.00 ERA every season since 2008. He topped 195 innings in 2010 and 2011 before only completing 124 innings in 2012 due to injury. He went just 2-1 with a 4.32 ERA in his final eight starts of the season after returning from the disabled list. |

LANDON POWELL, catcher Career (three seasons): .207 avg.,
(Credit: AP, 2011)

LANDON POWELL, catcher
Career (three seasons): .207 avg., .284 OBP, 10 HR, 45 RBIs
2012: Did not play (minors)
Contract: Not yet arbitration eligible
The Mets signed Powell to provide veteran depth behind John Buck, Anthony Recker and Travis d'Arnaud. But Powell faces an uphill climb to make the Mets' squad – unlike those three catchers, he's not currently on the team's 40-man roster. Still he's a better option to stash at Triple-A than someone like Mike Nickeas. |

NOAH SYNDERGAARD Career (three seasons): 13-8, 2.35 ERA,
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NOAH SYNDERGAARD
Career (three seasons): 13-8, 2.35 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 10.0 K/9, 2.7 BB/9 (minors)
2012: 8-5, 2.60 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 10.6 K/9, 2.7 BB/9(minors)
Contract: Not yet arbitration eligible
Another key piece of the R.A. Dickey trade, Syndergaard could form a dangerous trio of young starters with Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler. Syndergaard could still be at least a year away from the majors, but he's excelled throughout his minor league career, never posting an ERA above 3.00 during any of his three stops in the Blue Jays' system. |

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