The Mets' biggest improvement in 2024 would be their rotation
The biggest area of disappointment this season for the Mets was their rotation. Built to be the best in the league thanks to the addition of Justin Verlander and Kodai Senga, who along with Max Scherzer could be the best 1-2-3 in the league, it was a complete flop.
The biggest disappointment was due to Scherzer's inconsistency throughout the season by losing the grip on his slider, to which he was hit for an SLG above .600 in his stay in Queens this 2023. Verlander, for his part, finished with an ERA of under 2.00 in his last seven outings with the Mets but didn't show the level of dominance he had in his 2022 Cy Young season.
The Mets enter 2024 with Kodai Senga as the team ace. The team could improve its rotation by adding one of the pitching pools available in the next free agency. We can predict the team will make its biggest signing and investment in this area.
- Kodai Senga
- Yoshinobu Yamamoto
- Luis Severino
- José Quintana
- Mike Vasil
The team would sign Yoshinobu Yamamoto to a record contract for a Japanese pitcher worth more than $200 million for seven or eight years. Billy Eppler has scouted Yoshinobu Yamamoto who is on track to win the Triple Crown in Japan for the second time. At just 25 years old, is listed as one of the best pitchers in Japan since Yu Darvish and Masahiro Tanaka.
The Mets can be opportunistic and sign Luis Severino next winter. Severino is pitching a poor season in 2023 but could be signed cheaply on a one-year deal to re-establish his market value. This 2023 aside, Severino has been an efficient swing-and-miss-inducing pitcher and could be a steal next year if he makes some adjustments to his delivery and grip.
The rotation would be complemented by Jose Quintana and Mike Vasil, who is pitching in Triple-A and could be a reliable pitcher in the fifth spot in the Mets' rotation. With these moves, the Mets would maintain a competitive starting rotation in 2024 and source ace quality talent in Senga and Yamamoto for the future.