Lets see Thole, Shoppach and Nickeas combined to be the worst offense from the Catchers spot in the league replaced with Buck and TDA Major improvement, Even if TDA does not come up, Buck alone is a major improvement.
Over 600 ABS wasted on Bay and Torres that will go to better hitters, No matter who takes over they will be better.
So that is 1200 ABS that will be taken by better hitters in 2013 then in 2012
Santana another year removed, Harvey for a full year, Gee back and now Marcum far outweights the loss of Dickey
The worst offenders in our pen gone, Replaced with young guys and still new guys will be brought in.
Overall already we are greatly improved,
We have an above average rotation, Every position on the Infield and Catcher is above Average, OF is unproven but that does not mean they wont be able to produce, And we are still working on bringing in another OF.
The pen was reshaped at the end of last year and there are still a few guys to be brought in.
Overall the 2013 team will be much better then the 2012 team.
Losing RA Dickey is a big deal. He pitched great last season, going deep into almost every win. I'm sure Harvey will be great...but we can't expect him to do what Dickey did last season.
We have no idea what to expect from Santana or Gee.
The worst of our pen is gone, but so is Rauch.
Kirk, Duda and Cowgill are only marginally better than Bay and Torres.
We will probably be in the low 70's this season.
So now with those extra 20 wins from those guys and everything else being the same we are back to a 74 win team>>>
as of now, have to hope that the current roster can equal last season. mets have barely, if at all, improved on last years team.