The payroll is expected to rise next year, and with the strong increase in attendance and TV ratings already, the money should be there for a substantial hike. But how should it be done?
Despite Alderson's track record of not re-signing anyone with an expiring contract who dares to state that he wants to remain a Met, we currently have 5+ who will be FAs at season's end.
One whom we definitely have no place for is Big Bart(olo). He has served us well IMO, but If everyone stays healthy we have 5 SPs (6 once Wheeler is ready) ready for '16, with Verrett, Montero, and maybe Gee, ready to fill in if needed.
Then we have Cespedes, Murphy, Johnson and Uribe, the first 2 of whom have said they want to stay and the second 2 who are probably interested. I think all of us here want Cespedes back, if the hurdles can be overcome, so that leaves three position players.
Uribe IIRC has said before he was traded here that he might be ready to retire, so if he wants another year he should be not overly expensive. If we keep him, he could be the backup for David, and a solid PHer with some pop.
Johnson has versatility and a decent bat, but with our current IF plus (probably) Dilson I don't see much room, if any. Oddly enough, both this year and over his full career he's hit better vs LHPs than righties, so he doesn't seem right for a platoon.
That leaves Murphy. Arguably our most consistent hitter and best in the clutch, he has only hit below .280 once (in '09) in his career.
He has hit .313 with RISP in his career and .311 this year. He's a career .296 hitter vs RHPs and .269 vs LHPs. His career BA as PHer is .276.
He'll be 31 on OD '16, and WANTS to be here. He can play every IF position except SS at least adequately.
Unless his demands are outrageous, IMO he's a keeper.
Without having to go outside the org and overpaying for someone who may be a boom or a bust, I can envision a roster something like this:
C-- TdA/ Plawecki
SP---Harvey, deGrom, Thor, Matz, Niese
Pen--Clip, Familia, Robles, 4 others from Parnell, Black, C Torres, Verrett, Goeddel, A Torres, Dario Alvarez, Gilmartin, O'Flaherty, Akeel Morris, and some I can't think of. And yes, some of these are FAs who may or may not be re-signed.
OK--fire away with your thoughts. But keep in mind that there should be no need to "go cheap", so saying "player X isn't worth what he'll ask" is a questionable argument.