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The Mets are not going to pursue any big name outfielders

Sep 26, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

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The Mets outfield is a pretty ugly mess, but don’t think the free agent market is gonna fix it. Andy Martino reports:

Let’s do this once, to save us a winter of speculation: B.J. Upton? No. Michael Bourn? No. Shane Victorino? No. None of these players will be a Met in 2013, according to two high-ranking team insiders … Although the front office has not finalized its offseason strategy, one source said that it was unlikely the Mets will offer any outfielder even a two-year contract.

Kind of explains why they’re not gonna release Jason Bay. They friggin’ need him.  Also: Bobby Bonilla is still under contract. Just sayin’.


  1. Spiro Agnew - Sep 26, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    They should give Bonilla a call, he could probably give them more production than Bay.

  2. schmedley69 - Sep 26, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Rumor has it that Magic Johnson has told his GM to acquire Bobby Bonilla at any cost.

  3. kiwicricket - Sep 26, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    The Mets will be purchasing 180pounds of flank steak in the off-season, to accompany the ‘rump-roast’ that is Jason Bay.

    • rollinghighwayblues - Sep 26, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      Eh. Just make it tripe.

      • kiwicricket - Sep 26, 2012 at 2:11 PM

        If we crashed in the Andes, I would eat Jason Bay before I ate tripe.

  4. paperlions - Sep 26, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Well, it’s a good thing all of the financial problems went away when that lawsuit was settled….you know….because ill-gotten gains from the Madoff scheme were totally independent of the finances of the baseball operation.


  5. exibitsman - Sep 26, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    The mets have a couple of young prospects
    In the minor leagues. And jason bays will have a bounce back year. 275/26/88.?

  6. dalucks - Sep 26, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Actually, it makes sense. I would like for the Mets to sign B.J. Upton but they are probably thinking that Jason Bay will be good in the final year of his contract, which will make him very attractive for a trade for some bullpen help by the trade deadline. The Mets are probably hoping Lucas Duda and Kurt Nuweinhies or Mike Baxter can have brakout season and be consistant next season so the outfield could be pretty good. With the young pitchers, alot of bullpen help, consistent hitting from Wright, Davis, Shoppach then the Mets could be a winner. Just my opinion.

  7. bigzant82 - Sep 26, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    we suck any wat we need a legit 2nd/SS and real Centerfielder asap

  8. thebadguyswon - Sep 26, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    You trolled better during the Madoff debacle, Craig. You’re off your game now.

  9. plmathfoto - Sep 26, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    To Kiwicricket: If you did that (ate Bay) earlier this year, you’d be named the Mets’ MVP

  10. mazblast - Sep 26, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Heaven forbid they should spend any money and make an effort to, uh, what’s that word, I’m thinking about the Mets so that word doesn’t come to mind.

    Oh, yeah, it’s “WIN”.

    I’ve been following MLB since I was 5 years old in 1961. There’s no doubt in my mind that no team’s fans have been done a disservice over time like those of the Mets, even with the two world championships. I’m very far from being a Mets fan, but I feel sorry for them. Other teams have had lousy periods under lousy ownership, but no team has had ownership as consistently bad.

    • thebadguyswon - Sep 26, 2012 at 5:13 PM

      Jesus man…I’d say the Cubs and Indians have had it much, much worse.

  11. nymets05 - Sep 26, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Bay cannot play any worse,but the guy with no upside is Torres.A centerfielder with 2 home runs,33 rbis and a .220 average is a losing formula.Luis Castillo was a bigger power threat.

  12. chill1184 - Sep 26, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    “Although the front office has not finalized its offseason strategy”

    Only an idiot would show his hand in front of the entire table before everyone else had a go around.

  13. rnrfan - Sep 26, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Okay Mets fans…chill out!

    Listen, I’ve been waiting since 1986 just like the rest of you, and you know what? If we sign BJ Upton, we’ll still be a .500 team. Since when has signing over-27-year-old players to massive, crippling contracts helped us? That’s how we got in this Jason Bay mess in the first place! I trust our front office. Alderson has shown that he’s shrewd, smart, and savvy. He’s thinking “long-term,” and we should, too. Look at the team Washington built! It’s going to take more than adding one player to compete with them. We need to keep investing in player development and look for low-risk, high-reward signings (like R.A. Dickey). It’ll be a three-or-four year process, but at least we could actually be competitive at the end of it. Then, we can sign the big-name free agent who could put us over the top. Now, it’s just a waste of cash.

  14. commish625 - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    They are all flawed players. Bourn is a 30 year old speedster with 150 K’s. Victorino is nothing more than a stopgap and Upton is going to get much more money than he deserves. You need to build from within and fill in the gaps with reasonable low risk, high reward deals. If they signed ay of those three they woud have to give them longer contracts than they deserve.

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