I like Chris Schwinden and think with patience he could be a back-end starter or AAAA backup for most teams. However if the Mets are going to try and stay relevant in the NL East and in the 2012 season they cannot continue to toss Chris out there every 5th day… at least not with the general quality of our other four starters. So is there a solution externally or internally to Schwinden, or now that he’s been dropped – Miguel Batista?
Ryan Dempster – The Cubs are not a team built to win right now… the same could be argued for the Mets, but freed of their financial woes a little the Wilpons could make a financial contribution to help the team win in 2012 and Ryan Dempster is a good mix of current value, low cost in terms of prospects and availability. He might even be a guy the Mets would want to bring back beyond 2012 if he found a home in Citi Field.
Jake Peavy – While I’m talking about Chicago, Peavy might be another solution who just exceeds what his current team wants to pay him right now. Peavy has a bit more upside especially if he gets into Citi-Field and can utilize the confines that are a bit more friendly and reminiscent of Petco.
Wandy Rodriguez – He’s another pitcher on another team that probably doesn’t want to pay him. I’m still not sure this is the ideal target for the Mets… but he’s out there.
Francisco Liriano – He looks bad, but a change of scene CAN help. Minnesota know’s his value is dropping rapidly as his time comes to an end. He’s not necessarily a solution but he still has some serious upside if you watched him this spring. What he’d cost is anyone’s guess.
A.J. Burnett – I’m convinced that Pittsburgh made the trade hoping that he’d build his trade value. Yankees are already covering part of the bill so he’d cost SOMETHING.
Wade Davis – Tampa Bay needs a 3B for now and the Mets need some pitching. Zach Lutz makes a little sense to me in this situation. The trade might need to be expanded but that would be the start of my thinking process here.
Chris Young – This was the guy who was supposed to be there when injury struck… but injury struck too soon. I think other options need to be explored before he’d be ready to come in. Not to worry, Mr. Young – more injuries are down the road.
Darin Gorski – This southpaw, who I now understand has pretty reasonable stuff for a lefty, has been solid in AA and profiles as a more control oriented pitcher. This likely rules him out of ever being an Ace and therefore makes him easier to promote. He’s got a better ceiling than anyone in AAA.
Collin McHugh – Much like Gorski but a righty, he’s a more talented version of Schwinden with a little less polish. I think in another couple months he’d be ready – that might be too long to wait.
Matt Harvey – He needs more time in the minors. That being said – of the internal options who aren’t recovering from injury – he’s the most ready. I don’t think the Mets should think about it too seriously.