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Mets: Three pitchers who could replace Zack Wheeler in 2020

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: Zack Wheeler #45 of the New York Mets pitches in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field on September 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: Zack Wheeler #45 of the New York Mets pitches in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field on September 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 15: Adam Wainwright #50 of the St. Louis Cardinals delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Washington Nationals during game four of the National League Championship Series at Nationals Park on October 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Adam Wainwright

Another name that could be an option for the Mets to replace Wheeler is Adam Wainwright. I know there are a lot of Mets fans who do not like Wainwright whether it is because he has played on the St. Louis Cardinals or because he was the pitcher who eliminated the Mets from the 2006 playoffs. Whatever the reason I ask you to put it aside and think about this option objectively and without bias.

Adam Wainwright is very similar to Bartolo Colon in the sense that he is a veteran pitcher that would bring an experienced outlook to the pitching staff. He would bring a playoff pedigree to the rotation which is significant considering this win-now team does not have many players with extended playoff experience.

At 38 years old age is definitely not on his side and he has not pitched more than 200 innings since 2014 but he would not be overly expensive and is serviceable to the point of being a good value bargain. In reality, he would probably bring more to the table off the mound to make up for his decline on it by teaming with pitching coach Phil Regan and assistant pitching coach Jeremy Accardo to help the younger pitchers get even better than they already are.

Incredibly, even at 38 years old he still has some juice left in the tank as seen in the playoffs this year. He had back to back starts on 7+ innings and at least 8 strikeouts and he totaled 16.2 innings while striking out 19 batters, posting a 1.62 ERA (three earned runs). His numbers may look ugly as of late but when the lights shine brightest Adam Wainwright shows up to play.

All in all, when you have very little money to spend, you have to look in the bargain bin and I believe that Adam Wainwright would be a very good bargain for the New York Mets. If for no other reason the Mets should sign him just to have the possibility of every fifth day Carlos Beltran walk to the mound to take the ball from Adam Wainwright. It would be quite the image.

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