It is very unlikely the Mets put in a bid to sign Japanese free-agent pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, Sandy Alderson told reporters during the team’s annual kid’s holiday party at Citi Field.
“Obviously, you’d love to have a quality pitcher anytime one became available,” he said. However, “realistically, I don’t think it’s an area of weakness at this point.”
The Mets could still sign free-agent starting pitching, he said, but they’ll most likely be to a minor-league deals.
According to Alderson, he’s fine acquiring depth to compete with minor league players for the fifth spot in the rotation.
The rotation will likely Zack Wheeler, Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, Bartolo Colon and whomever wins the final spot in Spring Training.