The fact that it's January 6th and the Mets are the only team in the league who have not signed a single major league contract is mind boggling, it's almost as if ownership is challenging fans to continue to be fans of the team.
But I digress, since the Mets aren't signing free agents then they should acquire players who are placed on waivers, since all it will cost is a roster spot. They recently surprised me by passing on a couple catchers who I thought would provide depth and possibly compete for a position.
As reports circulate this morning that the Mets are more likely to acquire a starting pitcher then an outfielder, I suggest a few waiver wire claims...
The Yankees recently put Chris Dickerson on waivers, the 30 y/o is left handed but can play center field and has base running speed. While he may only be a 4th outfielder he has something no other Mets candidate has, experience; Dickerson has 258 major league games over five years with a .266 BA and .352 OBP.
At 30 years old, Dickerson has some speed, can play all three outfield spots, and has proven himself against right-handed pitching. In Triple-A this year, he seemed to make a legitimate step forward against lefties, leading to a .316/.417/.515 slash line with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He got a September call-up to New York where he hit .286/.412/.714 in limited at-bats. Dickerson might have made the postseason roster had Brett Gardner not come back from elbow surgery in time to play a role. source Lo Hud Yankees
If your not interested in a veteran presence then you can claim a high up side outfielder, the Indians designated Thomas Neal for assignment. The 25 y/o right handed outfielder is mostly a corner outfielder but has played 20 minor league games in CF and 38 games at 1B. He's appeared in nine major league games with the Indians in which he hit .217. Once considered a top outfield prospect, Neal before being traded in 2011 was the Giants #5 prospect according to John Sickels. After spending all of 2011 in AAA in both the San Francisco and Cleveland organizations in which he hit .289, he only appeared in 10 games this season in AAA before being demoted to AA. It's unclear why he was demoted but he hit .314 with a .400 OBP in AA Akron.
A former 36th Round pick in the 2005 Draft, Neal progressed pretty steadily through the minor league system of the San Francisco Giants before being traded to Cleveland during the 2011 season for shortstop Orlando Cabrera. Neal had even once been considered among the game’s top prospects, coming in at #96 on Baseball America’s Top 100 list prior to the 2010 season. His stock has seemingly taken a hit since, with a demotion back to Double-A this past season and now being removed from the team’s 40-man roster, but it seems likely that Neal will end up back on his feet somewhere with an opportunity to play. source Seedlings to Stars