Michael Baron, Contributor
In light of the elbow injury to Matt Harvey, Sandy Alderson intends to acquire a veteran starting pitching this winter, he recently told SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio.
Good, because he needs another starting pitcher no matter what happens to Harvey, at least for the first part of next season. If Harvey elects to have Tommy John Surgery, he will be lost for the entire season. However, if he rolls the dice and decides not to have surgery, the Mets will still need insurance in the rotation in the event Harvey completely blows out his elbow at any point during the year, be it during Spring Training or the regular season.
If anything, Harvey’s injury (as well as the injuries to Jenrry Mejia and Jeremy Hefner) prove how how fragile any pitcher can be. It doesn’t diminish the value of quality starting pitching. Instead, it enhances the importance of having depth behind the front line starters and being able to absorb these kinds of situations.
It’s never a good thing to lose pitchers to arm injuries, but it’s made worse when teams do not have the depth to compensate for the loss, which is something the Mets have experienced in recent seasons.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
In the event Tim Lincecum looks to sign a short-term deal, which is possible, I’d love to see the Mets make a run at him. I’ve heard people say he’s pitching significantly better than his stats reveal, but he’s not likely to get a significant contract this winter. So, there is talk he could look to sign a one- to three-year deal and try to re-establish himself before going for the five- or six-year contract, at which point he’ll still be 30, 31 years old.
Bronson Arroyo, Lincecum, Chris Carpenter, Matt Garza, Phil Hughes, Hiroki Kuroda, Ervin Santana, Barry Zito and others are eligible to be free agents at the end of this season.