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3 free agent starting pitchers the Mets can still sign for depth

Scott Long
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With Jacob deGrom going down with a shoulder injury, the New York Mets starting pitching will be put to the test. While they do have several arms that should be able to fill the void when injuries arise, the team is filled with injury-prone starting pitchers, so it wouldn't hurt to bring in more arms. After all, you can never have too much-starting pitching

In the meantime, pitchers such as Tylor Megill, David Peterson, and Trevor Williams will be expected to step up. Joey Lucchesi will join the bunch later in the year as well but he is still recovering from Tommy John surgery. In recent year's the Mtes have proven that no matter how much pitching depth they have, they always find a way to run through it. Thus, the team should look into the following three players who are still free agents.

NY Mets FA target number 1: Julio Teheran

One name the Mets absolutely must look into signing is Julio Teheran. The longtime Atlanta Brave is very familiar with the NL East, and has been a reliable arm ever since he came into the league. Teheran is coming off shoulder surgery, but he pitched in front of scouts and appeared to be healthy. Jon Heyman, of MLB Network, reported that his velocity has returned to form, which is a good sign that he is ready to return to big league action.

The 31-year old has been known as someone who fills up the strike zone, and finds a way to get outs despite not throwing hard, and staying around the zone. Unlike much of the rest of the staff, he would be a soft tosser, pitching to contact, which would serve as a nice compliment to a strikeout heavy rotation. His command would be an asset for the Mets, and with the improved defense on the roster, he would be a much better fit here than he would've in the past.

Add to that his experience in the division, and the fact that he can likely be had cheap, likely on a minor-league deal and it's easy to see why taking a flier on Teheran is a no-brainer. While it's unlikely he returns to his All-Star form, he has a 3.80 career ERA, and if he can pitch to that he will be a massive asset to a team who can use as much pitching depth as it can get.

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