I've just about had it with my favorite baseball team, the New York Mets. In 2012, they suffered their fourth straight losing season (74-88) and fourth straight fourth place finish in the National League East. It's time to shake things up and the team can get started by getting rid of these five players.
Ramon Ramirez (RP) -- The bullpen needs an overhaul and it should start with letting pending free agent Ramirez walk. Prospect Jenrry Mejia can take his roster spot. Hey, why stop with Ramirez? I'll pay the cab fare for Tim Byrdak and Manny Acosta, too. I can live with the rest of the bullpen.
Andres Torres (OF) --Torres is a career .241 hitter who next season will be three years removed from his career season in 2010. I'd rather the Mets re-sign right fielder Scott Hairston, who belted a career-high 20 home runs, and let Kirk Nieuwenhuis sink or swim in center. Lucas Duda can play right field.
Mike Pelfrey (SP) -- I have nothing against Pelfrey, but he's coming off a major injury and has been inconsistent during his time in New York. Also, and more importantly, the Mets don't need him with Johan Santana, Jon Niese and R.A. Dickey projected to lead the rotation next season. And don't rule out Matt Harvey, who should contend for a roster spot in Spring Training.
Josh Thole (C) -- Thole basically was an automatic out and his defense was nothing to brag about. I'd rather see the Mets hold on to Kelly Shoppach, who they picked up after the non-waiver trade deadline, and non-tender Thole, who is arbitration eligible. Perhaps free agency is the way to go at catcher.
Jason Bay (OF) -- If there's one statistic that tells you everything you need to know about Bay it's his .122 batting average with runners in scoring position -- no, that's not a typo. Getting rid of Bay is on my offseason wish list, but he's owed $16 million next season, so I'm not holding my breath. As long as he's on the team, manager Terry Collins will feel obligated to play him. So he must go.
Adam Martini is a freelance sportswriter who grew up in Queens, N.Y. with a view of Shea Stadium from his bedroom window. He spent many nights in the upper deck at Shea rooting for the Mets. Adam follows back Mets fans on Twitter @PegCitySports.
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