The New York Mets have spent most of their resources so far this winter improving the bullpen. But they still have some work to do if they are going to stay out of the basement in the N.L. East. Here is a look at the players the Mets have added so far this winter:
In the field: The only impact player the Mets have brought in over the winter in the field is CF Andres Torres. He will likely replace the player he was traded for (Angel Pagan) as a starter in the Mets’ outfield in 2012. Catchers Lucas May and Rob Johnson will be in the competition to be Josh Thole’s backup in 2012. Outfielder Adam Loewen and infielder Omar Quintanilla will compete for bench jobs this spring. Ronny Cedeno will be the Mets’ top backup in the middle infield in 2012.
On the mound: Frank Francisco was signed to take over as the Mets’ closer in 2012. He certainly has the arm to succeed in that role for the Mets. Righty relievers Jon Rauch (free agent) and Ramon Ramirez (deal with the Giants) will team up to set-up for Francisco in 2012. I really like this trio of relievers.
Overall: The Mets have improved the bullpen with the additions of Frank Francisco, Jon Rauch and Ramon Ramirez. But, adding Andres Torres and Ronny Cedeno is not going to give the Mets the juice they need to add to the lineup for 2012.