Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Commentary: With Harvey out, Will the Mets throw money at Starting Pitching Free Agents in 2014?


Commentary: With Harvey out, Will the Mets throw money at Starting Pitching Free Agents in 2014?


Now that the Mets have lost Matt Harvey possibly for most of the 2014 season due to possible Tommy John Surgery, the Mets must decide in the off-season how to replace their ace if they look to contend in 2014.

One option the Mets have is going is the Free Agency way. The Mets have money to spend due to multiple players coming off the books including Johan Santana.

Matt Garza will be the number one starter on the 2014 Free agency market and may demand large numbers on the open market, so I don't envision him a possibility.

The Mets could go a different route (more frugal way ) and look at pitchers Josh Johnson and Tim Lincecum, both whom having off years.

Johnson has had injuries this season and Lincecum has shown some greatness this season in throwing a no-hitter.

Both in their prime and have lead teams as aces in the past. Both could use a zip code change and be penciled in on any rotation at the top.

Lincecum's Career Stats:
Year Age Tm W L ERA GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO
2007 23 SFG 7 5 4.00 24 0 0 146.1 122 70 65 12 65 150
2008 24 SFG 18 5 2.62 33 2 1 227.0 182 72 66 11 84 265
2009 25 SFG 15 7 2.48 32 4 2 225.1 168 69 62 10 68 261
2010 26 SFG 16 10 3.43 33 1 1 212.1 194 84 81 18 76 231
2011 27 SFG 13 14 2.74 33 1 1 217.0 176 74 66 15 86 220
2012 28 SFG 10 15 5.18 33 0 0 186.0 183 111 107 23 90 190
2013 29 SFG 7 13 4.55 26 1 1 158.1 146 86 80 17 63 165
7 Yrs 86 69 3.46 214 9 6 1372.1 1171 566 527 106 532 1482
162 Game Avg. 14 11 3.46 34 1 1 218 186 90 84 17 84 235
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/27/2013.

Josh Johnson's Career Stats:
Year Age Tm W L ERA GS CG IP H R ER HR BB SO
2005 21 FLA 0 0 3.65 1 0 12.1 11 5 5 0 10 10
2006 22 FLA 12 7 3.10 24 0 157.0 136 63 54 14 68 133
2007 23 FLA 0 3 7.47 4 0 15.2 26 17 13 1 12 14
2008 24 FLA 7 1 3.61 14 1 87.1 91 36 35 7 27 77
2009 25 FLA 15 5 3.23 33 2 209.0 184 77 75 14 58 191
2010 26 FLA 11 6 2.30 28 1 183.2 155 51 47 7 48 186
2011 27 FLA 3 1 1.64 9 0 60.1 39 13 11 2 20 56
2012 28 MIA 8 14 3.81 31 0 191.1 180 84 81 14 65 165
2013 29 TOR 2 8 6.20 16 0 81.1 105 64 56 15 30 83
9 Yrs 58 45 3.40 160 4 998.0 927 410 377 74 338 915
162 Game Avg. 12 9 3.40 33 1 206 191 84 78 15 70 189
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/27/2013.



Option two could be one the of two pitching prospects, Either Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard could be pushed into major league action like Zach Wheeler has been this season. Montero is pitching well in Vegas, but may need one more whole season in the minors before his rise to the majors. Syndergaard has been pitching lights out in Binghamton and might be on the move to Triple-A next season. Depending whether he could handle such a promotion will determine how long of a road he will have to Flushing.

The Mets have many holes to fill in 2014 and one is to get some power injected in to this lineup, especially the outfield. The Mets may have to use a couple of their top prospects to those fill holes via trade. Wilmer Flores is a player being showcased that the Mets may use to fill some holes.  One reason he could be a candidate is because he don't have a regular position. With David Wright playing third and Daniel Murphy at second he might be blocked for some time. I could be wrong but maybe they can get more for Murphy and then simply plug Flores in at second. Of course Flores or Murphy could possibly play first base as we will see how much faith the Mets Brass has in Ike Davis for 2014.

No doubt, the Mets will have to use some creativity in 2014 for the Mets to get into contention land..
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