It's too early to try and determine who the Mets will pursue. Yes, there have been some moves made this week, but I expect the bulk of the movement will begin in the weeks ahead. The World Series just ended, and there are a variety of important dates still ahead which will further impact both the free agent and trade markets. Teams have until tomorrow to make qualifying offers to their free agents, and players have until November 9 to accept those offers. Options are still being exercised and declined, and the non-tender deadline is November 30. And, the Winter Meetings take place in Nashville between December 3 and December 6. Rumors will be flying rampant, some of which will be valid, some of which will be completely silly.
A better question right now is not who the Mets would or should pursue, but to identify what players may or may not fit their current needs, which I'm confident is on-going. In listening to Sandy Alderson at the end of the year, it sounds less likely they will make major free agent acquisitions, but he could explore the trade market and find ways to fill some of the gaps on the roster. That's ok, because the free agent market isn't particularly intriguing, will likely become less intriguing as years go on. More and more teams are locking their star players up through their arbitration years and first few years of free agency, making them less desirable when those contracts expire.
Alderson has said the budget will be more or less the same in 2013 as it was in 2012, but it's been well documented their commitments to holdovers from 2012 are going to rise (they already have with the team picking up David Wright's and R.A. Dickey's 2013 options), leaving the window to invest in the roster very small. They do have chips to trade this winter, some of which could give Alderson extra financial flexibility to add to the roster. But he's continuing to operate with a top-heavy payroll - that will be the case until the contracts of Johan Santana and Jason Bay come off the book after the 2013 season. So he will have to get creative in improving the roster, and may have to make some unpopular decisions in order to accomplish that goal.
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