Sandy Alderson's big haul last year at his first Winter Meetings as Mets general manager consisted of D.J. Carrasco, Ronny Paulino, Pedro Beato and Brad Emaus.

Dare it be suggested Alderson's fortunes can only improve this time? Alderson and the Mets' brain trust will arrive in Dallas today for the Winter Meetings with a limited amount of money to spend, unless you count the dollars set aside with the hopes of re-signing Jose Reyes. But that won't stop Alderson from trying to add pieces.

The Mets' pressing need is bullpen help. On that front, they are fortunate the free-agent market is saturated with closers and setup help. As much as they would love to trade for Oakland's Andrew Bailey, the more likely scenario has the Mets signing one or two relievers from a list that includes Frank Francisco, Jon Rauch, Brad Lidge and Matt Capps.