- Phillies: Acquired Roy Halladay
- Braves: Acquired Billy Wagner, Takashi Saito, and Jesse Chavez
- Yankees: Acquired Curtis Granderson
- Red Sox: Acquired John Lackey
There's no dobut that the pressure is on GM Omar Minaya to make splashy moves not only to match the other clubs, but ultimately to improve the Mets and give this team a chance to compete in 2010. But as the money burns a hole in Minaya's pocket, one has to wonder what move the Mets GM will make next.
Option 1: The Mets could continue their heavy pursuit of OF Jason Bay, who was reportedly offered a 4 year/$65 million dollar contract by the Mets last week. Bay would be a welcome addition to the Mets offense, which struggled mightily last season to hit for power. With the Red Sox presumably out of the running for Bay, it's tough to see what other serious suitors Bay has at the moment.
Option 2: The Mets could opt to go for the big splash and make a serious run at the best free agent on the market, Matt Holliday. Like Bay, Holliday is one of the best power hitters in all of baseball and he plays very good defense as well. Adding Holliday would be a signal to the rest of baseball that the Mets are serious about competing in 2010. At the same time, Holliday would be far more expensive than Bay and likely require a commitment of at least 7-8 years.
Option 3: The Mets could continue their pursuit of Benjie Molina and hope that he finally agrees to the two year deal the Mets have been offering.
Option 4: The Mets could go after Joel Pineiro, who is the best free agent starting pitcher out there. Pinero would be a great fit for the Mets given his propensity to throw ground balls. However, Pineiro is reportedly looking for a four year contract and with Lackey off the board, all of a sudden Pineiro could have some serious leverage over the Mets.