The Mets' upcoming 2014 pitching now includes Zack Wheeler, Jon Niese, Dillon Gee and newcomer Bartolo Colon, who recently signed a two-year contract. The Mets still have the final spot in the rotation to figure out, though.
If Matt Harvey were healthy, the Mets' 2014 rotation would be completely set. But unfortunately, that will not be the case, with Harvey expected to miss all of 2014 due to Tommy John surgery according to Adam Rubin of ESPN.
The Mets have some internal options to fill the void. One of them could be Jenrry Mejia, who was 1-2 with a 2.30 ERA in five starts last season. The Mets could also look to bring back Daisuke Matsuzaka to compete for the spot or sign another veteran, such as Bronson Arroyo. An Arroyo signing, though, does not seem as likely now that the Mets have already brought in Colon.
And then there is another factor for the Mets rotation. What will they do if/when both Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero are ready to get promoted?
They both could be called up this summer, and the Mets would then have a logjam in the rotation. The Mets may end up moving Mejia back to the bullpen, where he could ultimately become more successful. Other options, though, could exist as well.
The Mets' starting rotation was one of the brighter spots last season and should be even better in 2014, despite the loss of Harvey. Hopefully, a good decision can be made on the fifth starting spot.