John Garland will be 30 years old during the 2010 season, is two years younger than the pitcher every Met fan was clamoring for earlier this winter (Jason Marquis). He has averaged 32 starts and 200 plus innings over the last eight years. He is a two time 18 game winner and sports a .534 winning percentage for his career. And yes, he does have a World Series Ring. What would it take to sign him? On a pitching staff filled with uncertainties, he would provide stability. They could also look at Lefty Doug Davis, who would also give them a proven innings eater although Davis does pose some risk at age 35. The Mets should then add a high risk/high reward pitcher like Ben Sheets or Chien-Mien Wang. These guys, if healthy, would be front of the rotation starters. The Mets need to add a front of the rotation starter.
This can now be The Mets strength. The Mets can shorten up the game by adding one or two more pieces. Octavio Dotel? He is a power arm who can give a bullpen 50-60 quality innings. Maybe a Kiko Calero? I am not sure if he would cost a second round draft pick.
Well, now that Bengie Molina has resigned with SF, I think the Mets will have to explore the trade market.
Sign either Ryan Garko or Carlos Delgado. The Mets need some more power from First Base. If healthy, look for Omar to sign Carlos Delgado to a incentive laden deal. Daniel Murphy, who looks to have some trade value, could remain as a valuable back up in case Carlos cannot perform close to past levels. If The Mets don't sign Delgado, then I would give Ryan Garko a look. The First Baseman has a career .313 BA/.392 OBP/.495 Slugging Percentages against left handed pitchers for his career. He would make for a nice power option off the bench. He would form a nice platoon with Daniel Murphy.
Projected Mets Lineup
Jose Reyes SS S
Luis Castillo 2b S
David Wright 3b R
Angel Pagan/Carlos Beltran CF S
Jason Bay LF R
Carlos Delgado/ Daniel Murphy 1B L
Jeff Francoeur RF R
Omir Santos C R
Not Bad! I think the lineup above, if healthy, is capable of playing with anyone. Again...The Mets need Starting Pitching.