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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.

Thoughts:

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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