1. Address the "Reyes thing". He's in, or he's out. But either way, do it quickly. If there's going to be money available from not signing Reyes, have it available when the good players are still out there. According to this, the Angels are not contenders for Reyes, so that's one down, I guess.
2. Find some pitching. Would you take a shot on Oswalt? I say "no", aren't the Mets in this predicament from spending money foolishly? Giving a contract to a 34-year-old with a bad back sounds like more of the same. Stay away from CJ Wilson, too. He wilted when the pressure was on. Let's be realistic. They aren't going to get a number 1. But maybe a middle-of-the-rotation starter? And closer must be addressed. I think they're going to bring in some guys (Broxton, Lidge, etc.) and let someone emerge. Fine. as long as that someone is not named "Parnell".
3. GET A CATCHER. I'd sign Russell Martin, since the Yankees are surely going to let him go. Give me a veteran who knows the league. Thole/Paulino was a maddening combination. Nickeas has earned the role of backup.
4. What about CF? Do you non-tender Pagan? OK, maybe, but who's your CF? Sizemore? Danger! The guy can't stay healthy. Is there an affordable option out there?
5. What about RF? Duda? I still think they should try to get some AL team to bite on him, and get someone who can hit and play the position. But who is that? Speaking of RF, it looks like Beltran is quite a sought-after commodity. Just don't end up in the Bronx, Carlos.
This is just a start. The rest of the bullpen needs help, too. And we have owners who still have not paid Uncle Bud his $25 million. And they want to cut the payroll. Is anyone hearing Credence sing, "I see a bad moon rising"? Alas, we remain hopeful. After all, it is our season. You know, the one that starts the day after the WS.