Position: Starting Pitcher
Bats: Switch, Throws: Right
Born: May 12, 1987 (Age 30)
2017 Statistics: 11-8 Record, 3.43 ERA, 4.82 FIP, 1.229 WHIP, 7.4 K/9, 2.8 WAR
One of the Mets primary needs this offseason is to find a starting pitcher to help lengthen the rotation. As we all know, New York’s starting pitchers were decimated by injuries this season which ultimately prevented the team from returning to the playoffs.
The starting pitching market this offseason isn’t spectacular beyond the sexy names of Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta, who will likely be too rich for the Mets taste. However, there are still some viable options the Mets could pursue, such as Alex Cobb, Jeremy Hellickson, Chris Tillman, Jason Vargas and Lance Lynn.
The latter has been a workhorse throughout his career and 2017 was no different.
After missing the entirety of last season because of Tommy John surgery, Lynn returned this year to toss 186.1 innings, compiling an 11-8 record with a 3.43 ERA. Since becoming a full-time major leaguer in 2012, Lynn has pitched at least 175 innings each year.
In 2012, the right-hander appeared in his first All-Star Game and finished the season with an 18-6 record. In five full big league seasons, he has won at least 10 games a year, and won over 15 three times.
The Mets will be hoping that Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom can lead the charge and anchor the rotation, but Matt Harvey, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler are all major question marks. Beyond that, Seth Lugo showed spurts of dominance, but is still pitching with a partially torn UCL, while Robert Gsellman had an overall disappointing season.
It is imperative the team brings an innings eater aboard and Lynn fits that bill.
Lynn is entering free agency for the first time in his career after finishing off a three-year, $22 million contract he signed with the Cardinals prior to the 2015 season. At Lynn’s age and him being as serviceable as he has been, a contract in the ballpark of four-years, $60 million range is what he could end up signing for this offseason.
The Mets do have a lot of starting pitching options, but we saw what happened this season and watch it tear apart at the seams. Landing a starting pitcher is imperative and someone like Lynn can help round out a rotation and easily be a workhorse through the entire contract. If the Mets can get him on a three or four year deal, I think they have to do it. You can’t go into next season with the current state of pitchers as it’s just too uncertain.