According to Joel Sherman, in a post to his blog for the New York Post, the Mets intend to a) acquire a front-end starting pitcher, b) also acquire a fifth starter, but c) give Jon Niese a chance to win the job in spring training.
In fact, Omar Minaya told reporters the above gameplan while at the GM Meetings in California last month.
That said, Sherman suggests the Mets look at Cubs RHP Jason Marquis, M’s LHP Jarrod Washburn and Tigers RHP Nate Robertson, all of whom will be available, to compete with Niese.
The Red Sox and Tigers had been discussing a potential swap of Dontrelle Willis or Robertson for Julio Lugo, but the deal is now ‘unlikely,’ according to the Boston Herald.
“How about Scott Schoeneweis and Marlon Anderson for Marquis,” asks Sherman.
“That would save the Cubs $5.1 million and essentially give the Mets a dependable fifth starter for $5.1 million.”
…actually, my sense is the Mets will wait on finding a back-end starter, let the off-season play out, see what prices drop, like maybe Jon Garland, while monitoring the trade market, such as Javier Vazquez, and seeing if any interesting pitchers are non-tendered and added to the free-agent pile…
…from what i can gather, the Mets have shown a slight interest in garland, who is seeking a long-term deal…
By the way, last off-season, the Cubs were shopping Marquis, and had interest in OF Endy Chavez, reported the Daily News.
…from what i recall, the Mets inquired about marquis during the 2006 season, and had checked in on him again as a free agent, but their interest was minimal at best…
The 30–year-old Marquis has won at least 10 games and pitched at 190 inning in each of the last five seasons, while posting a 4.58 ERA, during which opponents hit .261 against him.