The Mets' disappointing season cannot fall on any one player, or players, because it was a team effort. The Mets are already out of playoff contention, and are last in the league in home runs. Mets outfielder Jeff Francoeur has put together a solid second half, leading the team with 12 home runs with a .280 average. However, his strikeout-to-walk is far from impressive, which will keep him from having a serious impact on the middle of the Mets order.
Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado is set to be a free agent, and the Mets will likely pursue other options before turning back to Delgado. Daniel Murphy has done a commendable job for the Mets, but may return to the minor leagues for more seasoning. He is hitting .277 in the second half of the season, but has struck out 65 times to just 36 walks.
If the Mets' finiancial woes prevent them from making a splash on the market, then Murphy is there guy. But here are a couple options they could choose from:
Hank Blalock, Rangers: Blalock, 29, has found his power this season and could have more of an impact in the NL, but is hitting an unimpressive .236. He could come at a reduced rate barring an end of the season turnaround.
Aubrey Huff, Tigers: Huff is set to be a free agent after this season and the Tigers might not be able to afford him. Huff has shown he can hit for power, and would make for a nice stopgap for Murphy, 24, who will likely start in Triple-A for the Mets.
Adrian Gonzalez, Padres: If the Mets go the trade route, they could turn to Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Gonzalez has proven he can hit in the most spacious stadiums, hitting 12 home runs with 14 extra-base hits at PETCO Park this season (38 overall).
Garrett Atkins, Rockies: Atkins has struggled in a reduced role with the Rockies this season, and could be on his way out this offseason. Atkins, who primary position is third base, has played 28 games at first base this season.
Here are some options, who else could the Mets pursue at first base?