Mets offseason strategy strongly suggests a pick is coming in the Rule 5 Draft

A Rule 5 pick for the Mets makes total sense.
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David Stearns has actively tackled the task of filling out the New York Mets roster with multiple depth moves early on this offseason. Signings and waiver claims add warm bodies to a roster with a bunch of empty graves.

Although many of these early additions will become fatalities before Opening Day, we should credit Stearns with taking some early chances. These aren't the moves that get you to the postseason. They're ones that help you scrape a win here and there. Ultimately, isn’t that what can decide your fate at times?

Minor risks have been plentiful early on. At today’s Rule 5 Draft, prepare for Stearns to make another.

The Rule 5 Draft is a time for David Stearns to shine

Many Rule 5 Draft picks end up back from where they came from. Their teams say "go on, git!" after a varied amount of time. The player lands back on his feet with his previous club, sometimes never to be heard from again. 

The Rule 5 Draft hasn't awarded teams with very many star players in recent seasons, but that doesn't mean the Mets should skip their pick. On the contrary, they should see if there's a gem for the bullpen.

Because of the situation the Mets are in with their relievers, they can afford one spot on the 26-man roster to award a Rule 5 pick with. He'll have to earn that roster spot. But unlike last year when the Mets were truly full bore at winning, this season is shaping up to be one of making low risks. What's a lower risk than a Rule 5 pick?

The Mets don't have any pitchers within the organization currently off of the 40-man roster with a legitimate case to begin the year in the majors. Some may be months away. Others could probably use another season.

Rather than sign a veteran you figure will get designated for assignment, the Mets should gamble on a more youthful pitcher. The Rule 5 Draft is the place to find one. If he is too ineffective in the spring, send him back. If there’s a spark of some genius, roll with him until the headache he gives becomes too much to bear.