The Mets have many questions heading into 2014, but in many respects the starting rotation could be the most pressing. With Matt Harvey out for the entire season – exception might be a few cameo starts in September – and Noah Syndergaard set to make his debut in June or July, the Mets need a big stopgap for a few months. If the season started today, the front three would be: Jon Niese, Zack Wheeler, and Dillon Gee. However, that leaves two spots left in the rotation and I truly believe Jenrry Mejia can fill one of those spots, which brings it to one. What the Mets are looking for is a player that can be a quality pitcher to be flipped at the deadline. Here are three legitimate options.
At one point, this man was bound for Cooperstown and was dominating in his mid-thirties; in short terms he was beyond incredible. He hit a brick wall the past two seasons and has put his legacy in question which might make him perfect for the Mets. He could teach the other four pitchers in the rotation how to truly pitch year-in and year-out. The best part of this potential move is that he probably won’t cost much, and if he fails it won’t be too much of a big deal. I think this would be a great move if it works out, but not much of a Shaun Marcum if he fails.
With his best years behind him he seems to be one to pass on, but he actually was pretty effective in May, June, and July of 2013- which would be the time to trade him. The biggest problem with the signing is that he has struggled immensely against NL East teams in his career. He probably isn’t the best option to be the stopgap, but he definitely isn’t the worst.
Before people criticize this idea, just hear me out as I highlight the stats. To begin, I was in attendance for his Mets debut so I am aware how lost this man can look. He was completely confused on pitching for his first three starts with an ERA at 10.95. He proceeded to finish with a 1.37 ERA against the Indians, Marlins, Phillies, and Reds. His walk rate might not be worth it, he may be inconsistent, and he hasn’t pitched more than 170 innings since 2007, but he is only 33. Signing Matsuzaka might be dicey but there is serious possible upside to this move.
I would have added Scott Kazmir, but the Mets said they aren’t going to bring him back. There’s a bunch of options that the Mets could explore in the offseason, but a contract for more than one year is not worth it. They need to find a guy that can be flipped at the deadline and nothing less.