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Mets Black Friday Shopping: Four potential bargain starting pitchers

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 11: General view as Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies on August 11, 2015 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 11: General view as Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies on August 11, 2015 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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MIAMI, FL – SEPTEMBER 12: Potential New York Mets target Gio Gonzalez #47 of the Milwaukee Brewers delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on September 12, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

Black Friday is a day to look for holiday deals. The New York Mets may be able to find a bargain in their pursuit of any of these four starting pitchers.

The New York Mets and bargains go together like American and apple pie. The typically frugal franchise is always looking for ways to build up the roster without spending a fortune. This is truest when it comes to free agency.

This winter, the Mets aren’t expected to spend too much because of how close they are to the luxury tax. They will still need to add players and the starting pitching market is one place they could look.

After Zack Wheeler turned down the qualifying offer, a rotation spot opened up. It’s quite obvious they won’t replace him with one of this year’s top-tier free agent starters. In honor of the most American holiday out there, Black Friday, I’ve found some suitable potential bargains they should consider for the 2020 rotation.

Gio Gonzalez

We heard it plenty last winter. The Mets need to sign Gio Gonzalez. His track record of success against the Mets made it painfully obvious that they should pursue him. He eventually settled on minor league deal with the New York Yankees and was released from his contract before ever reaching the big leagues.

Gonzalez did eventually find a job in the show. The Milwaukee Brewers brought him back and he went on to have a productive season for them. In 17 starts and a pair of relief appearances, Gonzalez went 3-2 with a 3.50 ERA.

Once again a free agent, Gonzalez is certainly a candidate for any team looking to fill out the rotation with a number five starter. He won’t have the same leverage he may have thought he had last winter. He’d be wise to settle on a bargain deal, something which should please the Mets if they view him as an option for the rotation.

For what it’s worth, Gonzalez is 11-2 with a 1.83 ERA lifetime at Citi Field. This is over the course of 18 starts which is by no means a small sample.

We shouldn’t believe he would keep up these numbers in a full year with the Mets. Given a possible need in the rotation and this much success in one place exclusively as a road pitcher, he’s definitely a potential bargain pitcher to think about.

Because there was such a lack of interest in Gonzalez last season and he didn’t do much to raise his stock this past year, I could see the veteran southpaw settling for another team-friendly deal.

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