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Mets' offseason bargain hunt comes to an end

Undated photo of Mets general manager Sandy Alderson.

Undated photo of Mets general manager Sandy Alderson. Photo Credit: Getty Images

If all of Sandy Alderson’s offseason moves work out, he may become the poster boy for the economy’s main buzz phrase: “Do more with less.”

With some $60 million worth of contracts coming off next year’s payroll, the new Mets general manager was presented with an austerity budget for this year. So Alderson scoured baseball’s Filene’s Basement and came up with back-end starters Chris Young and Chris Capuano; relievers D.J. Carrasco, Taylor Buchholtz and Tim Byrdak; and outfielders Willie Harris and Scott Hairston.

In December, he got backup shortstop Chin-lung Hu, the first Taiwanese player in Mets history, from the Dodgers for minor-league pitcher Michael Antonini.

Not exactly the A-list, to be sure — certainly risky, especially given Young’s and Capuano’s history of injuries. But Alderson said the low-salaried talent should fill some holes as the Mets wait for a chance to lure a big-money free agent next season.

“We’ve been able to address all of our needs,” Alderson said Thursday. “Hopefully, we’ve addressed those needs well. We’re going to find out in spring training and early in the season.”

Next up for Alderson: giving knuckleballer R.A. Dickey and outfielder Angel Pagan contracts lucrative enough to avoid arbitration.
 

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