In a report for the New York Post, Mike Puma says the Mets could target both RHP Bronson Arroyo and RHP Phil Hughes in free agency this winter.
During a conference call with reporters yesterday, Sandy Alderson identified two holes in the starting rotation, and said he would prefer to not fill those holes in the rotation to start the year.
Michael Baron, ContributorUpdated from Sept. 25: I’ve always liked Arroyo. He’s been a reliable pitcher for most of his career, a guy who can be counted on for 200 innings and very few walks. He’s a sinkerballer, who induces a lot of groundballs. However, he gets his share of strikeouts with a good slider that is useful against right-handed hitters. He’s not going to blow the ball by anyone, with a fastball in the upper 80s, and, considering he’ll be 37 next year, it’s fair to expect his stuff to diminish moving foward. Still, he’s a nice fit for the Mets on a short-term commitment to bridge the gap to Noah Syndergaard and/or Rafael Montero.
As for Hughes, it’s been widely speculated in the media the Yankees are unlikely to re-sign him this winter. He was awful for the Yankees this year in a variety of roles, as he allowed 24 home runs in 145 1/3 innings this year. However, he’s a fly ball pitcher, and pitching in Yankee Stadium as well as the other band boxes in the American League East is not conducive for Hughes to be successful. With that said, it’s possible he could be a better fit pitching the bulk of his games in pitchers parks, as his home runs could be better contained under such conditions. As such, I wonder if he could be interested in a one-year deal in an attempt to boost his value going into next winter. If so, the Mets could take a flyer and hope he thrives at Citi Field working with Dan Warthen.
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