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Mets likely going with what they've got

(AP Photo/John Minchillo)
(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The Mets' payroll is approaching $85-88 million, the range that GM Sandy Alderson claimed it would stay for the 2014 season.

With a healthy Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler heading their rotation in years to come, they have a lot to look forward to. But Harvey will spend 2014 sidelined with Tommy John surgery, and other holes remain gaping on the Mets' roster.

One area where the team had hoped to gain depth was shortstop. Most of the winter, lines of communication were open between the Mets and free agent Stephen Drew. Drew rejected a one-year, $14.1 million offer from the Red Sox, and was on the hunt for a better deal. It had long been predicted that Drew would find a home in Flushing, but as Alderson stated this morning, the Mets are done making major moves.

Of course, they already acquired Curtis Granderson, Bartolo Colon, and Chris Young, giving them a somewhat active resume for the offseason. We heard Phillies GM Ruben Amaro make similar claims this past week, only to turn around and sign A.J. Burnett, so brazen deception is in a general manager's arsenal.

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  • However, given the financial restraints on the Mets due to their troubles in recent years, Alderson is most likely being truthful, and to be fair, has already improved his club.

    Justin Klugh
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