2) Eric Lauer
If Brodie Van Wagenen can sign all of his former clients, the Mets can add a bunch of ex-Milwaukee Brewers, right? Eric Lauer is another one of those starters Stearns found success with in Wisconsin. The 28-year-old lefty isn’t in as much demand as Woodruff would be. For Lauer, his situation with the Mets only makes sense if he signs a minor league pact.
Lauer got roughed around last year. In 46.2 innings mostly as a starter, Lauer was 4-6 with a 6.56 ERA. However, in 2021 and 2022, the lefty showed he could put up much better numbers. Lauer made 49 starts and 4 relief appearances in those two seasons. The end result was an 18-12 record and 3.47 ERA.
Home runs are what killed Lauer last year. He gave up 16 in his short sample. They’ve been a bit of an issue for him throughout his career. An uptick in walks and hits allowed as well, it’s no secret why he put together his worst campaign yet.
The Mets aren’t in any desperate need for starting pitching depth. Still, the moment they wave the white flag on making improvements, that’s when they’ll suddenly need it.
In case you’re wondering about bats, there’s one more who could be fun to see.