Cleveland has caught “Indians fever” — partially due to former Yankee Nick Swisher.
Criticized for not spending enough on free agents in recent years, the Indians splurged on another star. The Mets, a team also criticized for free-agent inactivity, missed out.
Still in the mix? Yes, though it seems increasingly likely New York would have to choose between its top draft pick and the free-agent outfielder.
Both players were last in the major leagues in 2011, and the Mets said Wednesday they will report to minor league camp.
When asked by WFAN’s Mike Francesa if the team would finish above .500, the power-hitting first basemen did not hesitate to reply, “Yes, I believe so.”
“I just wanted to let him know that he would be a great addition here, and he’d obviously be welcomed here,’’ Wright told the New York Post. “…I’ve always had great respect for him and the way he plays the game.”
“We continue to look, but I think, realistically at this point, there’s not a lot left on the shelf,” Alderson said Sunday.
Don’t look now, the Mets are thought to be in play for a free-agent outfielder.
This Mets team is not as far away from contention as most think they are, but this is a huge offseason because Alderson must improve this team without sacrificing the payroll flexibility he will possess in 2014.
Sandy Alderson needs to act swiftly in order to restore confidence in the eyes of the team’s fan base. With that in mind, here is what I think are the top five offseason issues he needs to address prior to the 2013 season.
The Atlanta Braves completed a three-game sweep over the Mets on Sunday. Atlanta won in extra innings 3-2.
The Braves’ offense down-poured on the Mets on Saturday. Atlanta won 11-3.
The Mets won by a whisker on Sunday night as they held off a late Braves comeback to win 6-5.
Johan Santana was pulled early in his return as the Mets were defeated by the Braves 9-3 on Saturday night.
In a season with two extra playoff teams and a great deal of parity, virtually every franchise has hope heading into the season’s second half. That’s why you should care about Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic.