Mets continue to explore starting pitching options

Image (1) Chris-Young-2-polaroid.jpg for post 142673Chris Young remains a viable option to be re-signed to fill the rotation void,” writes to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

Rubin says the Mets could fill their need through a trade as well.

In December, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post said the Mets were interested in bringing Young back, but were also considering signing Shaun Marcum and Carl Pavano.

In addition, Davidoff said the Mets are exploring a trade for one of Chris Capuano or Aaron Harang from the Dodgers.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

The little buzz I’ve heard from Citi Field, regarding this pitcher, is they’re looking to replace R.A. Dickey’s innings, not necessarily acquire an ace to replace his stature. Dickey pitched 233 innings last season. Young would probably give 150 innings, but only if he’s 100 percent healthy, making 30 starts and improving his stamina. So, who makes up those missing 80 innings or so? Worse, who makes up those 100 plus innings if Young (etc.) gets hurt? Zach Wheeler on a pitch count? Probably not. The rest of the rotation? That’s doubtful. More likely it will fall on the bullpen, which, let’s be honest, we didn’t want on the mound all that much last season even when they were pitching well. The thing is, of the pitchers on the free agent, there is no horse, which is probably why a guy like Harang must be in the mix, because at least he’d likely get up around 170 innings or so.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Young showed he was a six-inning pitcher with very little margin for error last year. He relies on commanding the top of the strike zone with a below average fastball; and when that pitch falls below the letters, he finds big trouble. But, when he’s above the letters, he induces soft contact in the air and can get quick outs. He admitted all year he was still in the process of recovering from shoulder surgery in May, 2011, so I wonder if his stamina might improve with a normal winter routine and a normal Spring Training.

Statistics and information on Chris Young...

Stats: Young, 33, went 4-9 with a 4.15 ERA in 115 innings over 20 starts for the Mets in 2012.

Contract: Young signed a Minor League contract with the Mets last March, and had his contract purchased by the Mets in June.