Outside of the Organization
If they’re realistic, the Mets know none of these options are all that great. This could mean dipping outside of the organization. Where’s a ready-to-pitch Dallas Keuchel when you need one?
There are always players on the waiver wire and surely the Mets can find a man capable of starting a game somewhere. This plan would only make sense if they believe he’s an improvement over what they currently have. There’s no extreme talent in this group of players. After all, there’s a reason why they’re free to claim.
As far as free agency goes, we also have to remember the Mets are looking for an immediate solution. None of these arms would have the ability to step in right away. Let’s pass over all over those unsigned men for now.
The Mets could always attempt to poach a major league pitcher capable of starting from one of MLB’s sellers. Already, it’s quite clear that about a third of the teams are ready to make deals. The Seattle Mariners are the most obvious team to phone. Just yesterday, they traded Edwin Encarnacion to the New York Yankees.
Seattle has arms to sell and, unfortunately, I’m not confident there’s a match that makes sense. Mike Leake is too expensive for what the Mets need.
One guy who could become a potential target is veteran lefty Tommy Milone. Even though his first stint with the Mets in 2017 was disastrous (8.56 ERA in 27.1 innings) he fits what they need. Plus, he’s a left-handed thrower. Right now, the bullpen doesn’t have any southpaw in it. This will change assuming Justin Wilson returns from his rehab stint healthy.
With this in mind, maybe Milone can shift to the bullpen and take over mop-up duties or even have some sort of a renaissance. I won’t hold my breath for the latter.
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The best thing the Mets can hope for is a short absence from Thor. There’s no hero in a cape coming anytime soon to carry his hammer, as scratched up as it has been for a portion of 2019.