There are still so many starting pitchers on the free-agent market that the Mets think they sign at least one familiar name, maybe two, before the start of Spring Training, according to the New York Post’s Ken Davidoff.
This winter, the Mets have been most linked in rumors to Shaun Marcum, Joe Saunders, Carl Pavano and Chris Young, though Jair Jurrjens, Kyle Lohse, Derek Lowe and Daisuke Matsuzaka, among others, also remain available.
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com:
Jan 4, 10:19 am: The little buzz I’ve heard from Citi Field 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, all of which are questionable scenarios. 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 trading for Dodgers starter Aaron Harang must be in the mix, because at least he’d likely get up around 170 innings or so.