If the Mets have to go and look on the open market for starters there are some decent options for either the fifth spot or as depth pieces because you can never have too much pitching.
Depending on how the 2020 season goes there could be a case made for re-signing Michael Wacha as either the fifth spot or a depth piece. At the time of this writing, he has had one good start and one not so good start for the team this season, but he has a decent track record and may-be in the Mets price range.
Another option could be 27-year-old Taijuan Walker. He has not had the most impressive career, but the former top-five prospect pitched better once he got to Arizona in 2017 pitching to a 3.47 ERA over 171.1 innings. He has had some injuries the last couple years, but he is still young and a minor league deal for Walker as a depth arm limits the risk and offers some upside.
Ultimately, this article would not be complete if Matt Harvey and Bartolo Colon were not mentioned as minor league deal rotation options for the Mets in 2021.
In the end, the Mets have some big questions that need to be answered over the next six months or so and those answers will dictate how good the Mets rotation will be in 2021.
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If things break right for them the team could have a particularly good starting staff but if this break the other way it may be a very long 2021 season.