The New York Mets have plenty of holes to fill this winter, but with the loss of Matt Harvey for the 2014 season, there is an even greater need for starting pitching. This has been overlooked to a degree because of New York’s incredible need for productive offensive players.
Prior to Harvey's injury, general manager Sandy Alderson expressed interest in finding a veteran pitcher for the starting rotation. A hurler with big league experience and the ability to eat-up some innings was preferred.
Now that the 2013 National League All-Star Game starter is on the sidelines until 2015, Alderson needs to fill two rotation spots for next season, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.
Rubin also reports that the one-year, $7.25 million agreement with Chris Young leaves New York with approximately $25 million left to spend this winter.
Finding another outfield bat, an external option for shortstop, a veteran reliever, and two starting pitchers will be tough on that budget.
The Mets currently have Jonathon Niese, Dillon Gee, and Zack Wheeler as certainties for their 2014 rotation. Top prospects Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard are waiting in the wings, but they likely won’t be seen until the summer months, at the earliest.
The following free agents should be attractive options for Alderson because they hold three important qualities: big league experience, ability to throw a lot of innings when healthy and can be signed to cost-effective, short-term deals.