The Red Sox had two Ace starters (who needed to get healthy) and three All Star Hitters (that needed to get healthy). The Mets have Wright and Wheeler and ....
Huh? The way that is written it seems (i could be wrong) but you seem to think, that the Mets will have the same success as the Red Sox next year, or that is the implied idea of the Mets.
I am not saying that at all, the Mets are as not good as the Red Sox. But let's remember before this past season, you did not see a good season coming, but were hopeful.
The Red Sox have a better base (especially bats and bullpen) to start with but the Mets do have David Wright, and Murphy was the 5th rated 2nd basemen in baseball. Beyond that though, not much in terms of bats. They do have lots of young pitching in the minors (lots of potential and we know about that), two guys who started both sides of the Futures game.
The idea is to not get straddled with big contracts after waiting years to get out from under them.
What did the red sox do last offseason? Brought in players for reasonable money for a year to three years so their young talent could be introduced and not blocked by big long contracts. That is going to be the Mets going forward. Although they may go after Choo (but boras is obstacle) I also here they may go after Stephen Drew (Boras).
Please make note that two years ago I said, the Mets would not contend until 2015. It is mentioned all over this thread.