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One luxury the Mets have is a lot of young pitching for the future.
The current rotation already includes Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom, Jon Niese, Dillon Gee and Bartolo Colon. There's also Matt Harvey, who should hopefully be healthy by spring training next March after undergoing Tommy John surgery last October. And then there is top prospect Noah Syndergaard, who is waiting in the wings and very likely to be a part of the Mets rotation next season.
All in all, the Mets have seven strong starting pitchers but only five spots in the rotation. How general manager Sandy Alderson and manager Terry Collins decide to go about this logjam will be very interesting to see.
Harvey, Wheeler and deGrom all seem to be locks to be on the Opening Day rotation as long as they are all healthy. Colon is the elder statesman of the group, and it would be surprising if the Mets did not make a legitimate effort toward shopping him this offseason. Niese and Gee are good veteran arms, but either could also be expendable if the right deal is found.
As for Syndergaard, he could make the Mets' Opening Day roster if he shows the Mets that he is developed and mature enough to be a major league pitcher. A good spring training would certainly help.
There's also no guarantee that any of these pitchers would be particularly comfortable with moving to the bullpen, but that could very well be an option and would certainly strengthen the Mets' bullpen depth that much more. Whether some of these pitchers would be able to put the team's goals above their own personal goals could mean a lot to the Mets.
Furthermore, the Mets could really use a significant bat in the lineup, and if a certain hitter is good enough, the price tag would almost certainly include one of the Mets' younger pitchers. Would Alderson be willing to sacrifice one of the young prized arms for the kind of hitter the Mets could really use? There will likely be some very tough decisions to make.
Look for the Mets to try to shop Colon, Niese and Gee this offseason and for at least one of them to get traded away.