According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Mets have looked at veteran right-hander Doug Fister, who would provide a bit of depth at the back end of the rotation.
Mere weeks ago, the Mets’ rotation depth was the talk of baseball. Between Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Seth Lugo, and Robert Gsellman, the team seemingly had no room at the inn.
Well, the Mets are just three games into the season and that depth has suddenly evaporated, as Matz and Lugo are both on the shelf for at least a few weeks. Matz’s elbow ailment was recently described as a “mystery” by Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News, and Lugo has a partial UCL tear in his pitching elbow. So, it may be a while before either of these hurlers return to the mound.
So, just weeks after being praised for all of their pitching options, will the Mets be forced to check out the market? That seems to be a possibility.
Fister spent last season with the Houston Astros and while he certainly was not spectacular, he is an interesting option as some depth in the back end of the rotation. With Houston in 2016, Fister made 32 starts and pitched to a 12-13 record. He notched 115 strikeouts over 180.1 innings, and ended the season with a 4.64 ERA.
Fister, 33, has seen a dip in velocity in recent years and is not the pitcher he once was. However, he can eat up innings and could help fill the current void left by Matz and Lugo.
Heyman reports that Fister is seeking a major league deal, which would require the Mets to do some shuffling to open up a spot on the 40-man roster.
Even with the injuries to Matz and Lugo, the Mets’ rotation is still very good, with the potential to be dominant. Unfortunately, as we’ve seen year after year, it is extremely difficult to keep pitchers healthy.
Hopefully everyone else can stay healthy, but if the price is right, Doug Fister may be an solid depth option for GM Sandy Alderson.