With Michael Bourn still flailing in the wind the Mets only big move to date is the R.A. Dickey trade. Even though the off-season has been quiet for the Mets they have brought in a lot of new faces. Some players acquired this off-season will play a role this year while some will never make the team. Here is the best case and realistic outlook for eleven players the Mets acquired this off-season.
Shuan Marcum, SP:
Best case: Number three starter, with an ERA in under 3.70 and double digit wins.
Realistic: Solid number four starter, slightly above league average and pitches less than 150 innings because of injuries.
Brandon Lyon, RP:
Best case: Challenges Francisco for the closer job, putting up similar stats to his late season 2012 stats with Toronto.
Realistic: Replacement level 6th/7th inning relief option.
Collin Cowgill, OF:
Best case: Good defensive outfielder who hits enough to start for part of the season.
Realistic: Quality, light hitting fourth outfielder.
Travis d’Arnaud, C:
Best case: Forces his way into the opening day lineup and starts the entire season hitting over 20 homeruns with an over .360 OBP.
Realistic: Promoted in May, starts and hits 10-15 homeruns, with a below .250 AVG and .340 OBP.
John Buck, C:
Best case: Stopgap who hits for some power and a respectable average
(over .250) until d’Arnaud takes his spot.
Realistic: Stopgap, who hits for some power and an under .200 AVG until d’Arnaud takes his spot.
LaTroy Hawkins, RP:
Best case: Becomes a reliable 7th/8th inning option in tight games.
Realistic: Has a solid year but doesn’t pitch in high leverage situations.
Scott Atchison, RP:
Best case: Becomes the most reliable reliever behind Bobby Parnell, and is used in high pressure situations.
Realistic: Has an up and down season similar to Jon Rauch’s 2012 season with slightly worse stats.
Marlon Byrd, OF:
Best case: Catches on as a fourth outfielder and has his numbers approach that of his 2010 and 2011 campaigns with the Chicago Cubs.
Realistic: Is briefly called up to the majors, doesn’t hit enough and decides to test free agency opposed to playing in Triple-A.
Aaron Laffey, SP/RP:
Best case: Makes the team out of spring training, hangs on as a better version of Jeremy Hefner/Pat Misch as a long man and spot starter.
Realistic: Doesn’t make the team out of spring training, starts for Triple-A and makes the occasional spot start for the Mets.
Pedro Feliciano, RP:
Best case: Has a successful return to the Mets, resuming his role as a lefty specialist but only with half as many appearances.
Realistic: Takes some time to get back into the swing of things following his recent injury history and pitches strictly against lefties yielding a below average ERA and WHIP.
Brandon Hicks, IF:
Best case: Becomes a solid backup infielder whom can fill in at multiple positions.
Realistic: Bounces between Triple-A and a backup role with the Mets.
Other off-season acquisitions whom may play on the Mets at some point in the season are: IF Omar Quintanilla, OF Andrew Brown, C Anthony Recker, RP Carlos Torres, IF Brian Bixler and RP Greg Burke.
While the team didn’t bring in any impact talent, they restructured the bullpen, brought in a few under the radar pieces and brought in a lot of new faces. Remember, it was just three seasons ago when the team brought in a pitcher named R.A. Dickey on a minor league contract.