According to Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the New York Mets are not looking for more bullpen help or a starting pitcher at the moment.
Puma also noted before the Mets signed Jay Bruce last night that the Mets were focused on adding a couple of bats including a third/second baseman, first base insurance and an outfielder. Well Bruce checks off the last two meaning it’s likely the Mets will now focus on adding an infielder that can play second or third.
Earlier this offseason the Mets added reliever Anthony Swarzak to the bullpen on a two-year deal but have not gone back to that market despite the need for another late-inning reliever and arguably a second LOOGY as well.
One market the Mets have seemingly ignored (at least to our knowledge) is starting pitching even after a 2017 where the rotation set a team record in ERA. Not to mention that Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Matt Harvey and Steven Matz all spent time on the disabled list.
Yu Darvish, Jake Arrieta, Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn sit atop the free agency market for starting pitchers that has been basically untouched to this point. The next tier of starters still available includes Jaime Garcia, Jason Vargas, Andrew Cashner, R.A. Dickey and Jeremy Hellickson.
I think it would be a mistake for the Mets to completely ignore the starting pitching market. At the very least a signing like Dickey to help give the Mets competent innings is a must. That would be on top of another reliever if I had my way too, and former Met Addison Reed is still available.