These past two weeks have been tough for Mets fans. Two weeks ago we learned that that both Jeremy Hefner and Jenrry Mejia were not going to be pitching again this season. This past week, we found out that Matt Harvey, the most exciting story this season, went down with a torn UCL. Harvey’s future is uncertain: He could try to go the Adam Wainwright route and rehabilitate the injury, or he could go straight to Tommy John surgery.
On Saturday, fellow Mets360 writer David Groveman wrote a piece outlining the possible free- agent pitchers the Mets could bring in to fill out the rotation. The Mets will probably need to bring in some quality arms, but Sandy Alderson should also focus on some offensive upgrades. The Mets were supposed to be competitive in 2014, however even without Harvey, a stronger offense should still be part of the plan for a multitude of reasons.
Although the projected 2014 free-agent class is weak compared to free agents in years past, due to an increase in teams signing their young stars to contract extensions, it’s still better than what’s to come. This year’s free-agent class includes high quality outfielders such as Jacoby Ellsbury, Curtis Granderson, and Shin-Soo Choo — all of whom the Mets should consider bringing in as upgrades.
These players may not be considered cream-of-the-crop MVP type players, but they’re still very useful. When you look at the 2015 free-agent class, it’s pretty spare. Hanley Ramirez is likely to be a free agent in 2015, however the Dodgers are probably going to lock him up. After Ramirez, the next best player is Brett Gardner, who’s good but just not that exciting.
On the other hand, the Mets don’t necessarily have to add talent through free agency; they could always add talent through a trade. They could cash in some of their top pitching prospects — such as Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard — for a premiere bat. Then again, we just learned how easy it is to blow through pitchers. Alderson should keep the depth of pitching talent, and add talent through free agency.
The 2014 season does not revolve around Harvey; it takes a team of quality players to make a playoff run. Deciding not to make moves because one player is likely to be out for the whole season is pretty foolish considering it will be a long time before quality free agents will hit the market.