MLB 2013 Preview: New York Mets

Mets are going nowhere in 2013 and beyond! Photo: Matt Harvey/AP

LOS ANGELES, March 17, 2013 — The New York Mets finished in fourth place in the National League East with a 74-88 record in 2012. They are in the midst of rebuilding after flushing money down the drain on Jason Bay and Johan Santana.

The Mets wisely locked up David Wright to be the face of the franchise. Unfortunately for Mets fans, the offense that sputtered last year will sputter again in 2013. Marlon Byrd is attempting a comeback after getting caught putting banned substances in his body. The veteran looks good so far this spring after playing winter ball in Mexico for the first time in his career.

The Mets pitching staff will be without the 2012 Cy Young Award winner, R.A. Dickey, after he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays when the two could not agree on a contract extension. For now the rotation will be lead be Jon Niese until Johan Santana is able to return from his injury.

The Mets should compete with the Miami Marlins for last place this year. By 2014, the Mets should have a firm grasp on last place as the Marlins are young and will get better.

David Wright/AP Patrick Semansky

 

Projected payroll: $83,175,000

Notable Players Out: C Josh Thole, CF Andres Torres, OF Jason Bay, OF Scott Hairston, IF Ronny Cedeño, RHP R.A. Dickey, RHP Jon Rauch

Notable Players In: C John Buck, RF Marlon Byrd, RHP Shaun Marcum, RHP Brandon Lyon

Prospect Watch: C Travis d’Arnaud and RHP Zack Wheeler

Highlight Hitter: 3B David Wright (ZiPS 2013 Projections: .274/.361/.449 19 HR/81 R/85 RBI)

Highlight Pitcher: LHP Jon Niese (ZiPS 2013 Projections:  11-10, 3.91 ERA, 7.61 K/9, 177.3 IP)

Projected Lineup: C John Buck, 1B Ike Davis, 2B Daniel Murphy, 3B David Wright, SS Ruben Tejada, LF Lucas Duda, CF Jordany Valdespin, RF Marlon Byrd

Projected Rotation: RHP Jon Niese, RHP Shaun Marcum, RHP Matt Harvey, RHP Dillon Gee, RHP Jeremy Hefner

Manager: Terry Collins

Projected 2013 Finish in NL East: 1. TBA  2. TBA  3. TBA  4. New York Mets  5. Miami Marlins

Kevin J. Wells writes about Major League Baseball and punk rock music.  Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball

 


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Kevin J Wells

Kevin J. Wells was born and raised in the Los Angeles area in a town called Montrose.  He currently plays guitar for and is a founding member of the Los Angeles punk rock band Emmer Effer.  He has worked in a number of different career fields including Behavioral Therapy, Commodities, Insurance, and most recently a food cart in Portland, OR. Kevin has been both a sports and entertainment columnist and editor for The Washington Times Communities since January 2013.

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