Earlier today, Sandy Alderson shed some light on what the Mets’ plan is for the rotation in 2014.
Some key tidbits:
- Due to the fact that the Mets have a number of starting pitching prospects on the cusp, the club is likely to limit any deal they hand out to a free agent starting pitcher to one guaranteed year. Alderson noted that plan could change, but made it seem unlikely that a multi-year deal would be handed out.
- Jenrry Mejia, who was extremely impressive in a brief stint in the rotation last year, will compete for a spot in the opening day rotation during spring training.
- It’s possible that aside from Mejia, Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom will have a chance to break camp in the rotation. Alderson noted that Noah Syndergaard is a bit behind the two of them as far as his readiness is concerned.
Nothing Alderson said today was surprising, but all of it made total sense.
There are a number of beat writers who are clamoring for the Mets to add starting pitching, but there really isn’t a huge need. It would be nice if the club splurged on Bartolo Colon, but it’s probably wiser for the Mets to do what Alderson outlines above – sign a cheaper option for one year, and give chances to the young pitchers who are on the cusp.
As far as Syndergaard goes, it would be stunning if he made his major league debut before the Super-Two cutoff date (which will likely be in mid-June). For one, he hasn’t pitched above Double-A. Secondly (and more importantly), the Mets can gain an extra year of team control by keeping Syndergaard in the minors until the Super-Two cutoff date passes.