1) back-up catcher,
2) corner infielder ( 1B/3B) who's more of a bat then a glove
3) fourth outfielder who is a good defender in all three spots
4) fifth outfielder plays the corners but more of a bat
5) middle infielder (SS/2B) who is more of a defender then an offensive player.
According to Adam Rubin of the Daily News Alex Cora is likely to re-sign, but Cora isn't a defensive infield specialist nor is he a corner infield power hitter and he makes much more then most players who would fill the position.
As Matt at Metsblog pointed out, I hope the Mets don't make the same mistake again by signing a guy to an expensive two year deal because they like the intangibles he brought to the club; ie... Franco and Anderson.
I have to agree with Amazin Avenue on this one, Wilson Valdez would be a much better pick for the bench then Cora, R. Martinez or Anderson Hernandez. Valdez would be cheaper, while he's a better glove and arm then any of the other players.
With Reyes coming back from an injury and Castillo getting older, a defensive middle infielder will be essential moving forward.
Ahern still has options and was horrible at SS, Valdez could serve as the back-up infielder while Ahern awaits a recall in Buffalo.
The likelihood is the Mets re-sign Alex Cora as the backup middle infielder, which would leave Hernandez and Wilson Valdez as extras who could potentially fit at Triple-A. source Daily News