The Mets believe it is important, "if possible," to make a quick strike in free agency, to signal seriousness to apathetic fans and to show other free agents they are a desirable landing spot (Sherman, Nov. 7).
I buy this. I just don't know that it can so easily be done, at least without over paying. There are so many teams in need, and so much money out there, I'm not sure why any player would jump at such early bait.
Instead, as I've said before, my educated guess is the Mets will push hard on the trade market early, in an effort to add power in their lineup. I bet they work on the A’s, Rockies, Angels and Dodgers, among other teams, all of whom have hitting to trade and a desire for young pitching.
In talking to people around baseball, the Mets can make a meaningful move by offering a combination of Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy, Wilmer Flores, Dillon Gee, Rafael Montero, etc. In other words, I assume Sandy Alderson's early goal will be to gauge the trade market during next week's GM Meetings, because it will help inform how he can best allocate his money in free agency.
That said, if a player is willing to commit early and the Mets like him, I'm sure they'll do it, for the reasons Sherman is reporting.