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Looking to the Cards for predictions about the 2014 New York Mets

St. Louis Cardinals blog C70 At The Bat has an annual spring training tradition of asking members of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance to contribute to a pre-season roundtable discussion of the teams that they cover. Today, the New York Mets were featured – you can check out the full piece atĀ, but my contribution (written about two weeks ago) is printed below:

1) How would you grade the offseason?

Ike Davis flails at a pitch on Saturday (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
I would have given the Mets’ off-season efforts a higher grade if Ike Davis wasn’t still an important part of the plan at first base. (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

C+ The Mets were more active in the free agent market this winter than they have been in recent off-seasons, but it feels like they were just patching holes instead of making improvements.

Curtis Granderson should replace Marlon Byrd‘s 2013 production. Bartolo Colon is being asked to fill the innings Matt Harvey would have pitched if he was healthy. Chris Young… will be better than Rick Ankiel and Collin Cowgill, but I’m still trying to figure out why Sandy Alderson chose to spend a significant portion of his limited resources on a high strikeout/low on base percentage hitter.

Despite a lot of talk about wanting to upgrade at first base and shortstop, the Mets will probably open the season with the same infield they had last year. I wanted to see some bold moves this winter, and they just didn’t happen.

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