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Mets May Add Another Starting Pitcher

According to assistant general manager John Ricco, the Mets may still add another starting pitcher – even after signing free agent John Lannan to a minor league deal.

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York spoke with Ricco, who had the following to say:

Lannan does not necessarily preclude us from signing another starter.


The quote from Ricco doesn’t necessarily scream that the Mets will be bringing in another arm, but it’s interesting that the club would still be open to importing more rotation depth.

Before the Mets signed Lannan, I was in favor off adding one more arm, but only on the condition that the starter brought in wouldn’t be guaranteed a spot in the rotation.

With the first four rotation spots taken up by Jonathon Niese, Bartolo Colon, Zack Wheeler, and Dillon Gee, the Mets are in solid shape.

As it stands, the club has Jenrry Mejia (who should be the frontrunner), Lannan, Rafael Montero, and Jacob deGrom as options for the fifth spot.

Beyond those four is Noah Syndergaard, who will likely be promoted shortly after the Super Two date passes in mid-June.

At this point, I don’t think there’s any reason to add another starting pitcher to the mix.

Mejia is already in Port St. Lucie getting ready for the season, and the surgery he had after 2013 was minor.  All signs point to him being ready.  If he isn’t, the team can turn to Lannan.  If they don’t feel like rolling with Lannan, they can go with Montero, who is major league ready.  If they’d rather go with a less heralded prospect, they can give deGrom a chance.

The fifth starter job should be Mejia’s if he’s good to go.  The Mets have three other immediate options besides him.  Adding another one seems like overkill.


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  • Bill

    There are still a bunch of ‘interesting’ names out there on the free agent list. While it is unrealistic to think that the starting staff will remain fully healthy all year (perhaps not even through spring training), there are a few ‘projects’ that used to have some up-side that might be worth an invite to spring training. I don’t know their state of health, but there are a few leftys: Clayton Richard, Erik Bedard, Chris Capuano (rumored to be looking for more money and years than I would be willing to pay), Bruce Chen, Joe Saunders, or even see what Johan has left. If they are serious about getting a true back-end starter, Paul Maholm is still out there. Righties for the right money that I wouldn’t mind having a look at include Jair Jurrgens, James McDonald, Jeff Niemann, Jeff Karstens, Jerome Williams or Jason Hammel. Dice-K even pitched fairly well for a while down the stretch last year – does he have anything left?

    But, yes, I agree with you – don’t clog up the spots when there are promising youngsters that could be better and there for the long haul.

    As I have commented in other articles, another couple pitchers that have something left would help the trade scene – I’m advocating a Dillon Gee for a shortstop – either Gregorius from Arizona or Franklin or Miller from Seattle. Neither of those teams seems to want or need a low-sell first baseman, but some MLB ready pitching might just get it done.

  • Reeegman

    The best trading chips they have young pitchers. More than is being offered for Duda or Ike. They will trade a young pitcher for a shortstop.