What Do We Do Next? How Can This Team Make a Run?

Joe AmbrosioContributor IJanuary 27, 2010

What do we do next?  How do we return to the top of the National League like we were in 2006?  Pitching is the biggest concern.  As of right now, this rotation has a lot of WHAT IFS.  The right thing to do is not go over our heads and over spend on pitchers that have a high risk or are just mediocre pitchers. 

I think signing Wang would be a decent move.  He is said to be ready by very early May.  This would make him miss about 5 or 6 starts.  To fill in those 5 or 6 starts, Smoltz would be a good fit IF he is only going to pitch those starts and then throw him in the bullpen.  Smoltz will not be healthy the whole year.  He is 42 years old.  He did not pitch horrible returning to the National league to St. Louis, but this guy is not the answer to the rotation.  He would be good for a month and then throw him in the pen, where he belongs. 

I would also love to try and make a move at Arroyo.  I don't think the mets will add both Wang and Arroyo because I do not see them trading Pelfrey/Ollie/Maine.  And I think one of them going to the pen is also highly unlikely.  The only one I can see them trading would be Pelfrey.  If we could get Arroyo and get rid of Pelfrey, I would take it.  

Erik Bedard is still out there but he has no set return date.  And at this point for the mets to sign him would be absolutely stupid.  Washburn is also still out there, but it was rumored that he turned down a 1 year 5 million dollar contract from the Twins.  Maybe the mets make an offer for 6 million?  He wouldn't be a bad fit at Citi Field.  He gives up a lot of fly balls and that might be a great fit for him in Citi Field.  But as of right now, I have heard nothing about the Mets going after Washburn.

A 2010 rotation with Wang and Smoltz

Before Wang -  Santana, Maine, Pelfrey, Perez, Smoltz

With Wang -  Santana, Wang, Maine, Pelfrey, Perez

A 2010 rotation with Wang and Arroyo would be my top choice.  But I do not see the mets trading one of their pitchers or sending one of them to the bullpen.