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The Mets did very few things right this season, primarily because they do not have many above-average ball players on their club.
The offense has been woeful, the defense has been sporadic and the bullpen has been deplorable.
The starting rotation has been a bright spot, though.
A starting rotation ERA of 3.24—which is the eighth best in the MLB—is certainly a positive and something the team can build on going forward.
They have recorded 685 strikeouts in 778 innings, which is a respective 7.92 K/9 innings.
Clearly, much of that is due to Dickey's performance, but they do actually possess one of the deeper rotations in the league.
With the return of Dillon Gee, Johan Santana and potentially Mike Pelfrey next season, the Mets will have a bit of a logjam in the rotation with or without Dickey.
In the event that Dickey is traded for a non-starting pitcher, the rotation would appear to be Johan Santana, Jon Niese, Dillon Gee and Matt Harvey with the fifth spot being fought for by a number of prospects or Chris Young—if he is re-signed.
Basically, they would not be crushed in the way they would be if David Wright left.