The Mets hope to add a starting pitcher, “probably on a minor-league contract,” to compete for the final spot in the rotation, according to Sandy Alderson (Rubin, Jan. 7).
Williams pitched 169 innings for the Angels last season, going 9-10 with a 4.57 ERA and 1.394 WHIP.
In addition to Colon, the Mets had reportedly shown interest in Bruce Chen, John Lannan, Paul Maholm (Heyman, Dec. 10), Freddy Garcia (Puma, Dec. 10) Johan Santana (Lennon, Dec. 10) and Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
There has been little buzz about the Mets and starting pitching since they signed Colon. However, I was under the impression they were looking to add one or two guys on minor-league deals to compete with Jenrry Mejia for the last spot in the rotation. If this is the case, it’ll probably be a late-winter acquisition, and may also depend on if Sandy Alderson can get a pitcher in a deal for Ike Davis. Either way, if they get someone, he will not be guaranteed a spot on the roster, so it will be difficult to do a deal with a Williams-type until they get desperate.