Three Mets offseason predictions for the month of January
Mets add a veteran starting pitcher on a minor league deal
The Mets have some serious starting pitching depth on the major league roster. Beyond this, there’s not much help in the minor leagues.
It’s not unusual to see teams add a plethora of guys with starting pitching experience to their Triple-A roster. The Mets need to add at least one guy and I think January is the time when they find whoever this year’s version of Hector Santiago may be.
There are tons of options for the Mets to explore. And as the offseason grows older, more men are willing to accept a minor league pact with the hope of eventually landing in the big leagues again.
Men coming off of injuries, bad years, or nearing the end of their playing days are great candidates here. Then there are those journeymen who always seem to end up with a new organization every season. Edwin Jackson hasn’t been a member of the Mets yet, has he?
Beyond the guys we expect to be in the starting five plus Michael Wacha, the Mets have only two places to really turn. One of them is Robert Gsellman and the other is Seth Lugo. I’m not so sure pulling either from the bullpen is the best option.
The Mets should have David Peterson knocking on the big league door at some point this year. I’m not so sure how confident they would be to put a rookie in the rotation in a year where they’re serious about competing. It has worked before, but this front office seems to have a different philosophy.
As for who ends up with the Syracuse Mets as a starting pitcher waiting for his chance, check out former clients of Van Wagenen. They’re definitely the betting favorites.
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