Well, the Super Bowl is over, which means it's officially baseball season, and about time to fire up a 2014 thread!
Pitchers and catchers report in 12 days. The most interesting stuff to keep an eye on between now and spring training:
1) The Stephen Drew pursuit, which we may or may not be in on. You can't count out Boras, who got Michael Bourn a 4 year deal around this time last February and Kyle Lohse a 3 year deal in March. Still, I'm not sure how many alternatives Drew has. Drew doesn't thrill me but he's clearly an upgrade on Tejada, and given his apparent weak market, I think a 2 year deal for $10-12M per with a 3rd year option based on Drew staying healthy makes some sense. Or maybe Sandy wasn't lying when he said they are likely out on Drew. We'll see.
2) The bullpen, which could really at least one decent, proven MLB arm. Fernando Rodney is clearly the top reliever left* and the rest is a mix of decent (K-Rod), wounded on the comeback trail (Betancourt, Hanrahan, Bailey), and Oliver Perez, who has actually been quite good since turning into a reliever, but we know there is no chance we sign him.
3) Ike Davis drama for just a little bit longer. As I've been saying, I'm not sold on Ike being here until I see him Opening Day, which means a trade in the next few weeks, or even in March, wouldn't surprise me, even if it's unlikely. If something does happen, I'd still bet on Pittsburgh given their need for a Gaby Sanchez platoon partner, plus they have some excess arms who could interest the Mets in a swap, like Jeff Locke, Stolmy Pimentel, Phil Erwin, etc. If we keep Ike, so be it, because at this point it's probably the better idea.
* - That's a list of remaining reliever free agents sorted by their 2014 Steamer projections.
Edited by nmigliore, 03 February 2014 - 09:58 AM.