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Mets Rumors: Pursuit of another starting pitcher is doubtful

MIAMI, FL - JULY 11: A view of baseballs during batting practice for the 88th MLB All-Star Game at Marlins Park on July 11, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 11: A view of baseballs during batting practice for the 88th MLB All-Star Game at Marlins Park on July 11, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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Straight from the mouth of general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, the latest New York Mets rumors tell us the team is unlikely to add another starting pitcher.

While some fans are hopeful there’s an upgrade to the starting staff before Opening Day, it now sounds doubtful that Brodie Van Wagenen has another trick up his sleeve. According to recent New York Mets rumors, the franchise in Flushing is unlikely to add any more starting pitching depth.

Per Van Wagenen in an interview with Andy Martino of SNY, there are “no plans to sign an additional starting pitcher.”

For those wishing to see Gio Gonzalez or even Dallas Keuchel in a Mets uniform in 2019, don’t hold your breath. However, the Mets do plan to “stay in touch” with free agents. To me, this is nothing more than leaving the door open if something does change. At best, though, this would mean signing a veteran to a minor league deal in my opinion.

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What does this mean for the Mets? It means a rotation of Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Steven Matz, and Jason Vargas to start the year. It’s not so bad. Vargas is the green potato chip at the bottom of the bag, but the other salty-goodness above does taste pretty wonderful.

There was never much doubt for me that Vargas would remain with the Mets. The idea that Van Wagenen would spurn a past client never seemed fathomable. Not to mention, his salary is too high to dump. If they were to move on from Vargas, they would need a legitimate replacement. This would mean taking on more money which this franchise never does.

Mets rumors have been rather quiet this winter since the Wilson Ramos signing. Van Wagenen has plugged many leaks. We didn’t see the Jed Lowrie signing coming. By the time they added Justin Wilson, I had conceited to the bullpen staying as is.

This piece of news isn’t so much a new rumor as much as it is BVW confirming what I think we all believe in our hearts. The 2019 Mets roster is set other than a few battles to take place in Spring Training.

In other Mets rumors news, we did learn deGrom discussed an extension with the front office began in December. No numbers were exchanged so I equate this to making plans with an old friend to hang out over Facebook message but never actually putting much thought into what you would do.

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Plenty of free agents remain on the open market. I don’t expect Mets rumors to fully die quite yet. However, with Spring Training workouts about to begin, I also don’t see any big moves on the way.

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