While the 2012 season ended again in disappointment for the New York Mets, the season was not completely lost with historic pitching performances by R.A. Dickey and Johan Santana.
Here is a comprehensive list of the Mets' free agents going into the 2012 offseason (and their previous contract statuses), and whether you should be looking for them to suit up for the team again in 2013.
R.A. Dickey: Dickey posted what will likely be a Cy Young-winning season in 2012, going 20-6 and leading the National League in shut outs, complete, games, and strikeouts. Dickey is also a huge bargain and has a $5 million option for 2013, which the Mets will surely, and rightfully, exercise.
Chris Young: Young came to the Mets on a performance-laden deal because of his injury history, and in the past two years has only made 24 starts for the club. With his 4-9 record in 2012, the Mets should let him go.
Tim Byrdak: The lefty Byrdak turned 39 on Halloween and seemed to fade down the stretch for the Mets. With that said, he did post a solid .154 batting average against versus lefties. Byrdak earned $1 million in 2012 and shouldn't be expected to demand much more. As a veteran pen presence, he could be worth bringing back, but don't expect it.
Ramon Ramirez: Ramirez gave the Mets 63 2/3 innings in relief in 2012 while earning $2.65 million in non-arbitration dollars. Despite the move to spacious Citi Field in 2012, Ramirez posted a 4.24 ERA, meaning Ramirez would in all likelihood need to take a pay cut to come back as a Met.
Jon Rauch: The righty completed a one-year, $3.5 million contract in 2012 and was worth the investment. Rauch was a durable out of the bullpen, appearing in 73 games while posting a WHIP of 0.988. The Mets would be wise to bring him back.
Ronny Cedeno: Cedeno finished a one-year deal in 2012 worth $1.15 million, posting a respectable .259 as a utility infielder. As a bench option, Cedeno is certainly replaceable and could be replaced within the system.
David Wright: Put simply, David Wright is the New York Mets. Wright has a $16 million option for the 2013 season that the Mets picked up on October 30 but will be a free agent at the conclusion of next season. Expect the talk of the 2013 season to be whether or not the Mets re-sign their franchise third baseman.
Kelly Shoppach: Shoppach saw limited action in 2012 after being traded from Boston on August 14. Shoppach was a late-season pickup and his return is unlikely.
Scott Hairston: Journeyman Scott Hairston played all outfield positions for the Mets in 2012 and has also played second base in the past. In terms of versatility, Hairston is an option to re-sign, especially at the $1.1 million price tag of 2012. That said, the Mets would be better served giving some of his 400 at-bats to a stouter bat.
Zev Ketura has been a New York baseball fan for nearly thirty years.