New Yawk Mets Preview 2009

So it's Mr. Met that gets you excited eh?

There are plenty of reasons to get excited for the 2009 New York Mets but I doubt any fan can shake the feelings that Chicago Cubs fans have.

You know... this feeling.

But all feelings aside the Mets are absolutely stacked from top to bottom and will christen their new digs, Citi Field.

I would pick this team to be the 2009 wild card winner if they don't win the NL East because of all the moves they've made throughout the offseason.

Pitching depth in the bullpen was a cause of concern even before Billy Wagner's career-threatening surgery but general manager Omar Minaya did everything he could to fix the mess he had on his hands.

Through smart trades and big spending, Minaya added former all-star Seattle Mariners closer J.J. Putz (awesome name) and former Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim closer Francisco Rodriguez after he set the single season saves record.

Minaya also handed out an incentive laden deal to starting pitcher Freddy Garcia and he's still holding out hope to resign Oliver Perez. If Perez resigns and Garcia reverts back to form, it will form one of the most powerful rotations in the National League because of the success Johan Santana has had leading the way for young guns John Maine and Mike Pelfrey.

Couple all of this good news with the fact that the entire lineup returns for 2009 including superstars Carlos Beltran, David Wright, Jose Reyes and Carlos Delgado.

The only issue for this lineup should be Delgado's age (37 in June) potentially catching up to him.

Not that there were any excuses as to why the Mets collapsed down the stretch for the second year in a row but there certainly are even less excuses this season.