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Mets: Analyzing starters who could be potential targets in free agency

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NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 10: General manager Sandy Alderson of the New York Mets watches his team during batting practice before a game against the Colorado Rockies on August 10, 2015 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 10: General manager Sandy Alderson of the New York Mets watches his team during batting practice before a game against the Colorado Rockies on August 10, 2015 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

GM Sandy Alderson was recently quoted as saying he could look for an innings eater in free agency. Here’s a breakdown of five potential candidates

As we enter the Mets’ offseason, their winter shopping list is coming a little more into focus. GM Sandy Alderson was recently quoted as saying he would like an innings eater that would “fit in the three or four spot and guarantee 180-200 innings to stabilize the rotation.”

This season proved that you can never have enough pitching. The Mets had seven starters and a three-man battle for the fifth spot in the rotation. That number quickly whittled down through injuries. Plus, there will be health and/or performance question marks tagged to everyone outside of Jacob deGrom who was the only mainstay in the rotation.

Who will the Mets target? Let’s start with who it likely won’t be. You can probably rule out Yu Darvish or Jake Arrieta. Both will command north of $20 million a year and a long-term contract. Besides, they don’t fit Alderson’s categorization of third or fourth starter anyway. The Mets may do some more modest spending this winter.

I have also operated under the assumption that R.A. Dickey will retire. If not, the Braves could pick up his $8 million option to have a veteran around what will most likely be an otherwise young pitching staff next season.

Here’s a closer look at a handful of those potential pitchers the Mets could seek.

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