New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway talked to reporters before their game on Thursday night and despite the team having one of the best rotations in baseball in the second half he said this, “We would definitely target some starting pitching this winter.”
The Mets do have five starters under contract for next season in Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz and Jason Vargas. Though I’m sure the Mets would being willing to unload Vargas’ $8 million salary for the 2019 season.
DeGrom is the likely NL Cy Young, Wheeler had a career-best season before recently getting shutdown, Syndergaard is having a fine season but after that Matz has been inconsistent and Vargas has been an epic failure.
The Mets do have pitching prospects Justin Dunn, David Peterson, Franklyn Kilome and Anthony Kay coming off encouraging 2018 seasons and could provide starting pitching depth at some point next season.
Signing a starter this offseason would given them protection against another dud from Vargas and depth behind the oft-injured Matz. The free agent market will include Patrick Corbin, Dallas Keuchel, Nathan Eovaldi, Clay Buchholz, J.A. Happ and Charlie Morton.