Latest on Pitching Market: Mets again interested in Young

Image (1) Chris-Young-2-polaroid.jpg for post 142673According to a team insider, the Mets are still considering whether to re-sign free-agent RHP Chris Young, Andy Martino reports in the Daily News.

Young was 4-9 with a 4.19 ERA in 20 starts for the Mets last season, while averaging roughly 5 to 6 innings per start.

He missed the first two months of the season completing his rehab from major shoulder surgery.

He had on and off success early in his return, but finished the season throwing four consecutive Quality Starts.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Sandy Alderson mentioned twice this week that he’s looking for a veteran free agent, capable of winning 10 to 12 games, to compete with Jeremy Hefner, Collin McHugh and Jenrry Mejia, among others, for the fifth spot in the rotation. Young fits that mold. I think he can win 10 games, 12 if the Mets have a better bullpen. He can be really good at times, but for the most part he’s just fine. Who knows, maybe a full, healthy off season and Spring Training will make him even better. But, at the very least, just doing what he did last year (though I’d love to see him go deeper in games) he is capable of holding a spot in the rotation… until Zack Wheeler is ready around mid summer.


In other Hot Stove news from the pitcher’s market…

There are five teams interested in free-agent LHP J.P. Howell (MLB.com).

The Cubs and Rangers are the finalists to land free agent RHP Edwin Jackson (ESPN).

The Twins, Rockies and Reds have expressed interest in RHP Freddy Garcia (CBS Sports).

The Red Sox designated Pedro Beato for assignment to make room for Ryan Dempster.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Howell would be a good fit from the left side, and he fits the mold of what Terry Collins is seeking in the bullpen. Howell doesn’t throw hard, but has a lot of movement on his sinker and curveball, which are his two primary pitches. He missed all of 2010 with a shoulder injury and then struggled during his return in 2011. But he turned a corner in 2012, keeping his walk and home run totals down in a division where pitchers are prone to the long ball. He looked more like he did before his shoulder surgery, which might mean he has finally put the injury completely behind him.