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In light of Matt Harvey's decision to undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, the Mets' rotation will most likely have two vacancies by the time spring training begins.
With Sandy Alderson now more likely to sign at least one veteran starter, Bronson Arroyo has emerged as a possible free agent target to fill one of the voids. Mike Axisa of CBSSports.com has reported that Arroyo will look to get a multi-year contract this offseason.
Whether the Mets would be committed to giving such a deal to Arroyo, who will turn 37 in February, is unknown, but Arroyo's durability for the last ten seasons has shown that he is an innings eater and has a very good track record of staying healthy. If the Mets feel Arroyo is worth a two-year contract, he could be a good fit, especially considering the Mets could be closer to contending in 2014.
Another possible piece to the Mets' 2014 rotation could be a familiar face in Johan Santana. Santana missed the entire 2013 season due to recovering from shoulder surgery. Santana apparently is not ready for his career to end, so he will try to make a comeback next season. Santana would obviously be an injury risk for the Mets or any other team that signs him, but if he is healthy, the Mets could get a few good starts from him until their younger prospects Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero are deemed ready to be called up.
Other free agent starting pitchers that the Mets could target include Hiroki Kuroda, Tim Lincecum, Dan Haren, Scott Feldman, Paul Maholm, Phil Hughes, Scott Kazmir and Ubaldo Jimenez. It will be fascinating to see which of these pitchers will demand multi-year contracts and which would settle for one-year deals. More will be known about which of these pitchers the Mets will actually target after the postseason ends.
Not much has been going on with the bullpen thus far. The Mets will probably look to sign a few veterans to either cheap major league contracts or minor league contracts near the end of the offseason, like they did in the past offseason with Scott Atchison, LaTroy Hawkins, and Brandon Lyon.