Fear Factor: Mets Bench Scares Nobody?

An article by posted on March 27, 2012

So what do you make of a Mets bench that includes Mike Nickeas, Mike Baxter, Justin Turner, Scott Hairston and Ronny Cedeno? It doesn’t exactly strike fear in the hearts and minds of opposing pitchers, does it?

Well on that note, check this out from Adam Rubin at ESPN NY:

A Mets official said Monday there is concern about the lack of feared hitters on the team’s bench. The official said the Mets will be searching the last week of spring training for upgrades once players are cut loose from other camps — particularly because of the $100,000 retention bonus required to keep certain players with major league experience on minor league contracts who will not make the Opening Day roster.

I keep forgetting about this new rule and this supposed crop of free agents that are going to suddenly be available in the next week or so. But honestly, will something become available that is that much better than Justin Turner or Scott Hairston?

And if they do, are they the ones being replaced?

I would imagine Mike Baxter would be on the bubble…

What about Nickeas? Is his spot as the backup to Thole safe?

I think we could have done a better job this offseason in a few areas, even with the limited funds. There were some nice bench options that went real cheap.

Do you think we could have done different things with the same dollars? How would you have played it? Think about that…

Anyway, I’m having another procedure today, this time on my heart. See you on the other side.

LGM

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