|New York Mets
2005 Record: .512 (83-79), 4th place in NL East
2004 Record: .438 (71-91)
Who’s Out: Marlon Anderson (2B), Miguel Cairo (2B), Roberto Hernandez (P), Braden Looper (P), Doug Mientkiewitcz (1B), Mike Piazza (C), Kris Benson (P), Mike Cameron (OF), Mike Jacobs (1B), Jae Seo (P)
Who’s In: Chad Bradford (P), Julio Franco (1B), Jose Lima (P), Jose Valentin (P), Billy Wagner (P), Carlos Delgado (1B), Duaner Sanchez (P), Xavier Nady (OF), Pedro Feliciano (P), Darren Oliver (P), Paul Lo Duca (C)
Notes: The Mets are on a mission. General Manager Omar Minaya has been stocking up the roster with a beautiful balance of home-grown talent (David Wright, Jose Reyes) and big-name superstars (Carlos Delgado, Carlos Beltran), and he also has a knack for finding talented players that manage to fly under the radar (Xavier Nady, Duaner Sanchez) and using them to fill in gaps in the lineup. This year’s additions of Nady, Lo Duca, Wager, Delgado and Sanchez have given the Mets the edge they needed to climb on top of perennial NL East-dominators Atlanta, and they definitely have what it takes to head to the post-season. Subway series, anyone?
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Labels: 2006 team profiles