Who Is The Mets’ Best Offseason Acquisition?

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No, there were no big, splashy signings this offseason, but we did manage to sign some useful players that could help the Mets be very competitive in 2012.

As I look over the list of new additions, none really jump out at me as far as who might have the biggest impact, but I do expect solid showings from a couple of the relievers we signed. Now that Sandy Alderson has said there will be no more moves affecting the 40-man roster, which new acquisition do you think will have the biggest impact this season?

Major League Acquisitions

Ramon Ramirez, RP – Coming off a career year and posted a 2.62 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and a 8.7 K/9 rate.

Andres Torres, CF – Batted .221 in 2011 after a career year in 2010 (.268, 16 HR, 63 RBI).

Jon Rauch, RP –  Coming off his worst season since rookie year, 4.85 ERA/1.36 WHIP.

Frank Francisco, RP – Got $12M to be closer for next two seasons, but has 21 blown saves in 70 career save opportunities.

Ronny Cedeno, 2B/SS – Known mostly as a defensive specialist, Cedeno will serve as primary backup to Ruben Tejada.

Scott Hairston, OF/2B – Hairston returns for an encore after a good season coming off the bench for the Mets.

Minor League Acquisitions

Rob Johnson, C – Career .197 hitter in parts of five seasons.

Omar Quintanilla, 2B/SS – Solid defense, but weak bat.

Miguel Batista, SP – Had a nice September for the Mets last season, but at 41, what does he have left in the tank?

Jeff Stevens, RP – Hasn’t had a great showing in the major leagues, minor league fodder?

Mike Baxter, OF – Had some moments for Mets in 2011, might have inside track on 5th outfielder spot.

Chuck James, SP/RP – At this point he might be the emergency starter for the Mets along with Chris Schwinden.

Garrett Olson, SP/RP – Had a solid campaign for Pirates AAA team – 3.05 ERA, 1.28 WHIP in 24 appearances.

Adam Loewen, LF – The pitcher turned outfielder batted .306 in Triple-A last season with an .884 OPS.

Vinny Rottino, C – Career .194 hitter and still trying to stick in majors at 32. I don’t see it.

I’m going to keep my fingers crossed and say Ramon Ramirez might have the biggest impact out of this group.

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