Ranking the 3 realistic starting rotation replacements for Tylor Megill

Who should the Mets turn to in the absence of Tylor Megill?
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1) Julio Teheran

Fresh Mets free agent rumors? Yep. The team is re-exploring Julio Teheran as an option for their rotation.

Teheran might not be any better than Butto or Lucchesi. But for the chance to at least see what his once upon a time Mets killer can offer from the mound, it’s a worthwhile opportunity. Butto and Lucchesi will still be with the team. Why not get as much from Teheran as possible?

Teheran didn’t have fantastic numbers last season, but in the first half he did go 2-3 with a 3.64 ERA in 8 starts for the Milwaukee Brewers. Holding opponents to a .227/.276/.407 slash line before the All-Star Break, it was in the second half when he was much worse.

Could it be that the length of the season created some burnout in Teheran? Or perhaps it wasn’t the season but rather his career that is coming to a halt.

As meaningless as spring training statistics already appear to be, Teheran did manage to go 13.1 frames for the Baltimore Orioles and post a 3.38 ERA. He walked a few too many batters and the strikeout numbers were predictably down as they were in the big leagues last year. The fact that the Mets can option him to the minors only adds to the intrigue.

Sometimes the devil you know is better than the one you don’t. Teheran won’t save the Mets season. If all he does is win you more games than he loses you, it’s the right call to make.