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2014 Mets Team Preview: Another Growth Year

Jan Levine

Jan Levine

Levine covers baseball, basketball and hockey for RotoWire. In addition to his column writing, he's the master of the MLB and NHL cheatsheets. In his spare time, he roots for the Mets.

The Mets had hoped 2013 would be a year of growth, peaking in 2014 with a return to contention and possible Wild Card berth. While 2013 served its purpose to a certain extent, the loss of Matt Harvey to a torn UCL and Tommy John surgery means that the team now is looking for 2015 to be their breakthrough campaign. The Mets' highlights in 2013 included a high-water mark of 10-9 on April 22, a four-game sweep of the Yankees in late-May, the All-Star Game start by Harvey at Citi Field with a team winning record in July and call-ups of Zack Wheeler and Travis d'Arnaud. Unfortunately, the team posted a 74-88 record while finishing 11th in the NL and 23rd in baseball in runs scored. GM Sandy Alderson spent some money this offseason, and with a restructuring of the team's $250-million debt to defer the interest payments, there is further capital available. That money should be used for some bats, where there is a severe need despite the addition of Curtis Granderson, who offsets the abs

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