Mets general manager Sandy Alderson appeared on the MLB Network on Tuesday afternoon. Among the things he discussed was the starting pitching depth the Mets have throughout the organization.
When asked how he saw the pitching evolving, Alderson had the following to say:
We’ve got some older guys with major league experience…we’ve got a lot of young guys in the system…I think we understand that at some point we may have to move some of that pitching to get the position players that we need, but right now we’re being very careful about that because priority one is pitching. We don’t want to give it up unless we’re absolutely certain that we’re improving ourselves position wise.
As he usually is, Alderson kept his ultimate intentions close to the vest. However, what he said today has been echoed by many over the past few months.
While you can truly never have enough pitching, the Mets also can’t hang onto all of it. The numbers simply don’t work.
If the Mets don’t trade any of their starting pitchers who are currently in the majors or in Triple-A, their major league starting pitching depth will look like this at the beginning of 2015:
Even if you subtract Hefner, that’s eight starters – who all profile as above average or better – for five spots.
Again, the numbers don’t work, and Alderson knows this.
The Mets can go one of three ways trade-wise.
They can attempt to deal from their crop of established starting pitchers, deal one of their younger prospects, or deal from both categories.
What positions should the Mets be looking to fill in return for their excess starting pitching?
The obvious answer is a shortstop, but the club also needs another impact power bat. With Chris Young on a one-year contract, the Mets can attempt to deal for an impact corner outfielder either this season or during the offseason.
With quality starting pitching to deal, the possibilities for the Mets are numerous.