PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- After surveying MLB executives, ESPN's Jayson Stark comes to this conclusion: The Mets and Yankees are the second-least improved teams in their respective leagues.
The Mets did find themselves in some positive categories as well:
LaTroy Hawkins ranked as the best signing in MLB to a minor league contract. Writes Stark:
He won't be David Robertson. He may not even be Burke Badenhop. But you can never go wrong having Hawkins hanging out in your clubhouse or your bullpen. If he actually makes this team, he'll join Octavio Dotel, Miguel Batista and Bruce Chen as the only active pitchers who have worked for at least 10 different teams.
Of course, Mets fans may find amusing that Stark's execs picked old friend Oliver Perez as the third-best signing in the majors in the sub-$2 million category.
Read Stark's full article here.