With the turn of the calendar page a new year is upon us and like 29 other fan bases who claimed wait til next year we are ready for more! Pitchers and catchers report in less than two months and we will ring in the Grapefruit league season in no time.
So with a fresh start and a clean slate for the year what do the Mets need next?
Well, the shortstop conversation is still up in the air and unless Sandy has something up his sleeve we are resigning ourselves to Wilmer Flores at the 6. Tulo is still ever present although I would have to say anything happening around him will wait until at least Spring Training when the Rockies can show he is healthy. Ben Zobrist is a name that has surfaced since Tampa Bay signed Asdrubal Cabrera. I would not mind Zobrist in the slightest.
A career .264 hitter with three 20 home run seasons and the ability to play almost anywhere, he would be a welcome addition to the team and would not cost nearly what Tulo would. Granted Zobrist is 33 and past his peak form but he's a professional hitter and since he can play so many positions he can fill that super utility role while being a steady hand in the lineup.
We have long figured out that a lineup deep with hitters who can work the count and get timely hits super cedes the lineup with one megastar and seven nobodies.
Zobrist was not a guy I or anyone else thought of early in the off-season since he wasn't deemed available, but if he is Sandy should make a play and see if he can pry him away from the Rays. This would be another move in line with the Cuddyer signing. A guy who can still play, will not cost a ton and doesn't block up and coming players with a long term deal.
Although the impact bat we all may have hoped for hasn't arrived and may not, a healthy and maturing starting rotation and the addition of Cuddyer and possibly Zobrist could make for a formidable team especially considering the Braves seem to have mailed it in and the Phillies are in total rebuilding mode. The Nationals are the odds on favorite to repeat as division champs and the Marlins are relying on young talent to carry them. The Mets are definitely in a good position to jump up this season and surprise everyone. Time to make it count.