By Mike Steffanos
To the surprise of nobody, the Mets and Francisco Rodriguez are on the verge of a deal. However, still needing a bridge to K-Rod and a couple more starters, Omar's work has barely begun.
There were reports that the Mets are pursuing Raul Ibanez, which still doesn't make much sense to me. While I can't deny he has been a durable guy, playing 162 games for Seattle last year, Ibanez will turn 37 in June. I find it hard to believe the Mets want to roll the dice with another older veteran after being burned so often recently. By all accounts, Ibanez is looking for more than a 1-year deal, too. Plus he's a lefty, and the Mets lineup is badly in need of some RH bats to balance it out.
Unless the Mets plan on using Ryan Church in a deal for a pitcher, I still like the idea of going with the Tatis-Murphy platoon in LF and looking for a right-handed 1B/OF type with some pop to spell Delgado and Church.
They still need to get a eighth inning reliever and two starters. Rather than invest a lot in a guy like Ibanez I'd like to see them put together a really strong bench. Depth was a big problem in 2008 -- not as obvious as the bullpen, but it cost them some games in a season where just one more win would have meant everything.