Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The Mets need to acquire a starting pitcher this winter, says SNY’s Ron Darling, talking to the New York Post.
According to Darling, Sandy Alderson’s young staff needs a veteran who can help “teach them how to be pros.”
OK, I’ll take Darling’s word on this, since I have no idea how important it is to have this type of presence in a clubhouse and how necessary it is for this staff. He’s not alone. I’ve heard other experts make these sort of comments about young staffs, as well. Johan Santana could be this guy, but a) I don’t think he’s going to be back with the Mets and b) because of his history and injuries, the Mets often kept Santana in a bubble, so his pre-season impact was likely limited.
The guy this winter most fit for a role like this is probably Tim Hudson, who is likely to accept a one- or two-year deal, paying him around $10 million a season with significant incentives. This is the exact contract Alderson is probably going to dangle in that market. It should be good enough to land Hudson, Bronson Arroyo or A.J. Burnett. Arroyo is probably the most stable and reliable, but Hudson’s professionalism and pedigree is probably more in line with what Darling is talking about. I have no interest in Burnett, who may also choose to retire.
Hudson, who turned 38 in July, had a 2.73 ERA during his final 10 starts in 2013. He worked at least seven innings in eight of those games. His season ERA should have been lower, according to advanced metrics. However, his season was cut short after a brutal ankle injury against the Mets in July. The word in Atlanta is that he’ll be 100 percent by Spring Training.
MLB Trade Rumors expects Hudson to seek out a situation where he is most likely to win a World Series, which would be understandable. However, he isn’t a guarantee for that team’s rotation, given his ankle, so I bet his market is limited. I wonder if a guaranteed two-year deal with the Mets, given their promising young pitching, their ballpark, his familiarity with the division, low pressure in year one, but knowing Matt Harvey will be back in year two, would entice Hudson to join the Mets, who could be in good position to make a playoff push in 2015?
Read More: Darling’s Q&A with the New York Post