Mets more likely to acquire a pitcher than outfielder

Aaron Harang 1 polaroidKen Davidoff of the New York Post believes it’s more likely the Mets will acquire a pitcher for the rotation than a notable outfielder.

Davidoff believes Carl Pavano could be a good fit, but the most intriguing options could be either Chris Capuano or Aaron Harang, who would have to be acquired in a trade from the Dodgers.

Davidoff also says the Mets remain interested in Chris Young.

In regards to the outfield, Davidoff doesn’t believe the Mets match in a trade for Diamondbacks’ OF Justin Upton, saying, “they’re not in a position to give up major prospects for someone whose arrival alone wouldn’t vault them into the playoffs.”

Michael Baron, Contributor

I agree with Davidoff, as I’ve been saying the Mets are not a match on paper since the rumors started about Upton. You never know, but there are better fits for Kevin Towers in Texas and possibly San Diego, who reportedly discussed trading 3B Chase Headley for Upton recently.

In regards to the pitching, Harang is especially intriguing. In fact, I thought he would have been a good signing for the Mets before he joined Los Angeles last winter. He has a consistent track record, and therefore would be among the safest bets for the Mets to take. He’s not an ace and would come at a cost of both money and players in trade, but he would be a very strong fifth starter in an already improving rotation. Harang pitches to contact, is prone to the home run and has seen his walk rate increase over the last couple of years, but he could thrive in Citi Field as he has in the big parks in southern California in recent years.

Statistics and information on Aaron Harang...

Stats: Harang, 34, went 10-10 with a 3.61 ERA in 31 starts for the Dodgers in 2012, allowing 167 hits, 85 walks and 14 home runs in 179 2/3 innings.

Contract: Harang just completed the first year of a two-year, $12 million contract he signed with the Dodgers before the 2012 season. He will earn $7 million in 2013 and there is an $7-8 million mutual option for 2014 with a $2 million buyout.